Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A Perfect Pairing

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.
Spoiler alert: after enjoying wine and chocolate, I found out that... I like wine and chocolate! And that my perfect pair of Ghirardelli and Josh Cellars are the Chardonnay with the milk chocolate caramel and the Legacy Red with the dark chocolate sea salt caramel.

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?

Now for a giveaway! Follow the list below for your chance to win a $75 pre-paid American Express credit card. A random winner will be selected on Saturday, February 13. A second gift card will be given away on Instagram, so be sure to check that out as well.

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Good luck!

34 comments:

  1. I've never tried to pair wine & chocolate, but I'd LOVE to give it a try--and $75 would certainly help me do that! I guess I haven't had enough ritzy wine experiences!

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  2. Not a huge fan of wine, but I am a huge fan of chocolate. Does Josh have a chocolate wine? Like just chocolate syrup, but in a fancy bottle? ;)

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  3. I like milk chocolate and zinfandel

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  4. And I thought wine and chocolate were only for fun! Now bringing in science is an entirely new layer! I will have to do some experimenting of my own on the days that end the week... !

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  5. I like Raspberry Dark Chocolate + Cabernet Sauvignon!

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  6. I like mint dark chocolate and Merlot

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  7. I have not tried chocolate and wine pairings before. I'd love to win and go try some with my husband though for Valentine's Day!
    Erika W.

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  8. I'd like to win because I'm a big chocolate fan.

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  9. I have never eaten the two together. I am sure there is a specific pairing that you are supposed to eat, similar to how people eat cheese and wine. As far as I am concerned, if I have milk chocolate, I don't need wine and if I have wine, I don't need chocolate. I am content to be content!!!

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  10. I love dark chocolate and cabernet!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  11. I like merlot and dark chocolate together.

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  12. My favorite pairing is dark chocolate with merlot.

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  13. My favorite is red wine with dark chocolate.

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  14. Anonymous5:23 PM

    I wanna buy fun things with the money

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  15. I love milk chocolate and White Zinfandel. I would buy a new pair of shoes with the AMEX card.

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  16. My favorite pairing is dark chocolate and pinot noir.

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  17. I would love to win this to treat my hubby and myself to dinner at our favorite restaurant on a kid free night. :)

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  18. Oh I would love to win and pick up my perfect pairing of White Chocolate and Chardonnay! Always a great pair!

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  19. I would love to win so I can share it with my husband. We enjoy a nice bottle of merlot with some dark chocolate. laborders2000@yahoo.com

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  20. I would love to win so I can share it with my husband. We enjoy a nice bottle of merlot with some dark chocolate. laborders2000@yahoo.com

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  21. I like pinot grigio with dark mint chocolate and I would like to win and spend the money on my husband.

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  22. I would like to win this so that my girlfriends and I can have a girls night with chocolate and wine. I am sure we will all have a good time.

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  23. I would like to win this so that my girlfriends and I can have a girls night with chocolate and wine. I am sure we will all have a good time.

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  24. My favorite pairing would be dark chocolate and a tasty Cabernet!

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  25. My favorite is Milk chocolate with Merlot!

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  26. dark chocolate and a german ausbruch wine

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  27. Evie B.12:26 PM

    I like white wine and dark chocolate caramel.

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  28. I love to pair a sweet Riesling and milk chocolate. I'd love to win the gift card to buy date night supplies

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  29. I would love to win for a dinner night out. I love any chocolate and I like Moscato wine but have never had wine and chocolate together.

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  30. I would like to win so that I can stock up on some groceries and treat myself for valentines

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  31. I would like to win to use the cash towards a new vacuum.

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  32. I'd like to win so my husband and I can have a date. My favorite is milk chocolate
    Leidy R rafflecopter

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  33. I love dark chocolate with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  34. Ghirardelli sea salt caramel chocolates and the Josh Cellars red blend are my faves. I would use this money for gas -- I have a long commute to work. :)

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