Update: Congratulations to JENNIFER MCMURRAIN, our gift card winner!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Josh Cellars wine and Ghirardelli chocolate. Though I was compensated for writing about wine and chocolate, the opinions, ideas and thoughts are my own. Now read on for your chance to win $75!
It was a dark and wintry day. The sunshine, hidden in the clouds, was but a promise of brightness and warmth to be fulfilled another day. Alas; for this day, there was no hope.
But, wait! There is wine and chocolate.
I'm a firm believer that wine and chocolate are good—nay, GREAT!—for a person. According to studies that I've seen, dark chocolate is packed with fiber, minerals and deliciousness and red wine is loaded (no pun intended) with heart-healthy antioxidants, making these indulgent treats actually good for you in moderation.
I was recently asked to check out the wines from Josh Cellars and the chocolates from Ghirardelli, and I know what you're thinking—woe is you! Yes, it's a hard job but someone has to do it.
For my chocolates, I selected Ghirardelli Valentine's special edition
packages, featuring milk and dark chocolate plus caramels. So. Many.
Caramels. Swoon! Lucky for me, these are super easy to find at my local Wal-Mart. I came thisclose to also selecting the raspberry dark chocolate but I abstained; like I said, moderation, right? Plus, I'm truly all about the caramel and the milk and dark chocolate valentines are just too cute!
For my wines, I selected a red and a white: the Legacy red (a blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah) and the Chardonnay. Being in Oklahoma, I could not buy my wine with my chocolate, but lucky for me, Josh Cellars was pretty well-represented at local liquor stores (and the Class 6 on base—yay!).
And while I'm a fan of both chocolate and wine—and, occasionally both of them together—I had to wonder which combination would taste best to me—what would make the perfect pairing? And since I've done yet another science fair project this month because we switched schools mid-year, let us make a science fair project out of this.
I was rather surprised by these results—I usually don't care for chardonnay, but this one has a citrusy taste with a buttery finish. Not too much oak, which is what usually kills it for me.
And it was a very scientific test. Like I said, it's hard work, but you know, someone's got to do it, right?
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