Archive for the ‘Pairings’ Category

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 in Italy as Prosecco – Valdobbiadene.  A super cool blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Incrocio Manzoni 13.0.25 (a hybrid of Raboso & Moscato D’Amburgo).  Aromas of strawberries, raspberries red delicious apples, floral notes with hints of red pepper.  A balanced palate, that is fresh >> READ MORE

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 1er Cru N/V- Beautiful grower Champagne from Premier Cru Vineyards in Rilly La Montagne.  On the nose aromas of orange, lemon curd, honey and minerality swirl in the glass.  There is a richness in the wine, from partial malolactic fermentation, dosage of 9 g/l, and >> READ MORE

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 sweet, that display an array of flavours and are wonderfully complex. When I saw a Pumpkin Spice Caramel was included in the Thanksgiving collection, I knew I wanted to try it with Lustau Pedro Ximénez (PX) Sherry. I was excited to pair the caramel with >> READ MORE

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 the Earl Grey truffle, at that time I paired with Girard Chardonnay.  This is a great pairing, I still recommend, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try the truffle with something new. Earl Grey: Earl Grey tea infused milk chocolate ganache, suited in a dark >> READ MORE

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 (gluten friendly). Compass Box Spice Tree Blended Malt Scotch: The Spice Tree is made from 100% malt whisky sourced from northern Highland distilleries. The primary maturation is in a mix of first-fill and refill American oak.  The secondary maturation is where things get interesting – >> READ MORE