Archive for the ‘Pairings’ Category

Wine & Chocolate Tasting with Sasha McCauley at Keg n Cork

Love Chocolate? Love Wine? This tasting is for you. Keg n Cork is excited to bring you their fourth annual Wine and Chocolate Tasting on December 12. Enjoy six wines paired with six different chocolates from our seasonal menu. Taste a variety of wines- sparkling, red and white, from France and Italy. Find out what …

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New Years Joy: Wine and Scotch

Here are two pairings to start the New Year off in style. The Wine Pairing The Chocolate: The Jackie {36% Milk} – Caramelized Milk Chocolate with Fleur de Sel, available as a chocolate bar and as a Petite Jackie, in a bite.   I The Wine: La Tordera Gabry Rosé Spumante Brut, from the same region …

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Cause for Celebration: A Joyous Pairing

“It looks like a party!” Really, that is the kind of response I want to invoke, and this pairing inspires that. The Chocolate: Rosemary & Dulce de Leche Truffle- Dark chocolate truffle with rosemary, topped with dulce de leche.  From The Waltz of Sweets – Winter Collection 2017 The Wine: Champagne Hubert Paulet Tradition Brut …

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A cozy Thanksgiving pairing by Sommelier Sasha McCauley

When JACEK Chocolate goes to the pumpkin patch, and returns with a delicious Thanksgiving caramel, I just had to find a pairing for it: PX in the Pumpkin Patch with JACEK Pumpkin Spice Caramel. Sherry is an underappreciated wine category, which is unfortunate as it has a range of styles from bone dry to very …

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A New Pairing with an Old Favourite

It’s here, the Throw Back Collection! The Winter Collection 2016/2017 contains an assortment of 6 decadent chocolates, flavours from past collections.  It is enJoyable to revisit some favourite flavours, and try a new pairing.  The Earl Grey truffle was from the Mad Hatter Collection.  The Mad Hatter Collection was when I did my first pairing with …

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An Innovative Pairing Café de olla and Compass Box Spice Tree

The Winter Collection 2016/2017 contains an assortment of 6 decadent chocolates, flavours from past collections.  It is enjoyable to revisit some favourite flavours, and try new pairings.  A rich bold truffle, that pairs beautifully with Compass Box Spice Tree. Café de Olla: Spiced dark chocolate mocha ganache infused with orange zest and spices, like cinnamon and clove …

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A Spicy Pairing Indeed…

A Spicy Pairing- Café De Olla and Susana Balbo Late Harvert Malbec   It’s here, the Throw Back Collection! The Winter Collection 2016/2017 contains an assortment of 6 decadent chocolates, flavours from past collections.  It is enJoyable to revisit some favourite flavours, and try a new pairing.  The Chili truffle was from the Black Tie Collection Chili: Dark …

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A very Merry Christmas gift of JACEK Chocolate Ornaments

Looking for some great gifts to spread Joy this holiday season? We have paired each Jacek Chocolate Ornaments to a wine or liqueur to help make your holiday shopping easier this year.  Simply pick up the beverage product and the accompany Chocolate Ornament, hang the ornament on the wrapped bottle and bring Joy to the …

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An Elegant Pairing..

  An Elegant Pairing- Crème Brûlée Truffle with Canella Prosecco Superiore DOCG It’s here, the Throw Back Collection! The Winter Collection 2016/2017 contains an assortment of 6 decadent chocolates, flavours from past collections.  It is enJoyable to revisit some favourite flavours, and try a new pairing.  The Crème Brûlée truffle was from the 2010 Dessert Collection. …

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A Bar, A Book, A Bottle

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder   Fall, when we transition from summer to winter. Autumn is a time for curling on the couch under a throw with a good book and a bottle of wine.  Lite the candles, nibble on a JACEK …

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A Pairing for Sharing

A Pairing for Sharing: Citrus & Basil Truffle and Antech Blanquette De Limoux A bottle of wine begs to be shared, a bottle of wine paired with Jacek Truffles begs to be shared with the best people. Bring this pairing to your next picnic, girl’s night, or brunch, it is a great contribution to your …

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In Pursuit of a Joyful Pairing, by Sasha McCauley

Sometimes finding the perfect pairing requires a little work, and help from a friend.  Here is the story of my search for the perfect pairing for the Lemonade Truffle. My first reaction when reading the truffles for the Picnic Basket Collection, Summer 2016  was: Lemonade Truffle!  Bourbon!  I love lemonade and Bourbon…sitting on the porch …

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It is officially summer..

It is officially Summer, time for some fun in the sun! Summer in Edmonton is truly special, it is hard to go away when there is so much to do here: so many great festivals, there is the river valley to explore, day trips to Elk Island, Farmer Markets, and one of my absolute favorite …

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The Fairy Booze Mother Says “Spoil Dad”

Guest Post by Sasha McCauley: Father’s Day is this Sunday, time to spoil Dad with the limited edition JACEK Root Beer Float Truffle, paired with a bottle of BenRiach 15 yr old Sauternes cask Single Malt.  One of the first tastings JACEK and I did included this pairing, it is a favorite of mine, one …

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Wine & Chocolate Pairings – May 2016

The ‘Art, Chocolate, Wine and Flowers’ event held at FaBLOOMosity’s beautiful floral studio on Sunday, May 15th 2016, was a huge success.  100 people joined us for an unforgettable day.  As promised to guests, we wanted to share the notes for the wines and chocolate pairings (a big thank you to Sasha McCauley for compiling …

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Pairings for Day #1, #2 & #3 of the Advent Calendar

The JACEK Advent Calendar starts tomorrow, and what could be more decadent to start the countdown to Christmas than pairings for the first three days of December, as seen on the CTV Morning Live segment last week! PAIRING for Day #1: dark chocolate from the Dominican Republic Paired with a French Raclette from Cavern Mountain …

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Pairing Suggestions with the JACEK Fabric Collection

About the Fabric Collection Within the chocolate industry, there are two types of producers; the chocolate maker and the chocolatier.  Like most things at JACEK, the best way to  explain the difference is to use a fashion analogy.  The chocolate maker is essentially the fabric-maker, using raw products (cacao beans, sugar) to create fabrics.  The …

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Chocolate, Wine and a Bourbon Too! – Pairing at Keg N Cork

  Thanks so much to Sasha McCauley @ASmashingLife for putting together these amazing pairings! Tha Mad Hatter’s Collection is only available until May 23rd 2015.

Four Fabulous Wine Pairings, by Devine Wines

Chris Arnold, of Devine Wines & Spirits, created four fabulous pairings for those that might want to do a tasting at home, and great news, Devine Wines is right across the street from our 104th street location so you can make the 4th Street Promenade a one-stop-‘shop’.   2012 Campolargo Brut Rose – Petite Jackie …

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Valentine’s Coffee & Chocolate Pairing Recommendations

A great alternative to going out this Valentine’s Day (especially for those with little ones) is to have a date night at home!  Geoff, Chelsea and the team at Credo Coffee had the ‘difficult job’ (dripping with sarcasm, of course) of drinking coffee and tasting chocolate this afternoon to find some exceptional pairings.  These will …

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JACEK Pairing Recommendations- Christmas in November 2014 Guests

As promised, please find below the pairing recommendations that were made in the Chocolate Demonstration at Christmas in November 2014:   Cheese & Artisan Chocolate Bar Pairings (all cheese’s from Quebec) Caprano Goat Cheese (soft & buttery) with the Audrey Bar Soeur Angele (double cream rind cheese) with the Frank Bar Le Douanier (semi soft …

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Beer & Chocolate Pairing Suggestions

Beer and artisan chocolate can be a match made in heaven (although the opposite can be true too so experiment!).  I had the fun job of sampling many fine beers from our nation’s breweries while exhibiting at the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival last weekend in Calgary, and here are four of my favorite …

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Top 3 Scotch and Chocolate Pairings for Father’s Day 2013

Nyoka, JACEK Chocolate’s in-house pairing enthusiast, has been working hard to pair scotch with chocolate, and to come up with some fabulous pairing recommendations for Father’s Day. Below is some information on some beautiful pairing ensembles! Pairing #1 Scotch- Glendronach Parliament: This 21 year old Speyside scotch has been aged in sherry casks and hits the …

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Chocolate & Wine Pairing Tips

  Top 5 tips on pairing chocolate and wine: 1) The best way to pair chocolate and wine is to first taste them separately, and then taste them together (take a small piece of chocolate, coat your tongue, and once there is only a little bit left, take a sip of wine).  This will give …

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