So my resolution to have another party came true. It was small, yes, but it was delicious.
In my post-Debbie-Downer phase, I decided to put together a tasting party for the two things I most enjoy: wine and chocolate. Yum.
I have never done a tasting party of any sort, let alone one that people might expect to be well-planned and put-together, so I started feeling the pressure immediately after I invited a few friends.
What? Did I really just commit myself to coming up with a menu of paired wines and chocolates?
To the drawing board!
Wine and Chocolate Pairings
Sweet Moscato with a Swirled White and Milk Chocolate bar
Riesling with Milk Chocolate with Caramel Filling
Dry Sherry with Milk Chocolate with Toffee Chunks
Fruity Cabernet Sauvingon with Medium Cocoa Chocolate with Dried Cherries
Shiraz with Dark Chocolate spiced with Chiles
Merlot with 79% Cocoa Dark Chocolate
My favorite pairs were the sweet champagne with white chocolate and strawberries, the Sherry (I was so surprised!) with the toffee chocolate, and the Cab with the chocolate with cherries – and normally I only eat dark chocolates!
Anyway, the night was a success, and I have already been asked to repeat the pleasure…I am thinking of hosting a 2nd evening of wine and chocolate over spring break. The words “wine and chocolate” seem to be all that is necessary to secure attendees, which is now a “note to self” for future Friendship Endeavor events.
Now if I can just convince the MeetUp.com group to go for wine and chocolate, I can keep perfecting my tasting skills!