TasteLive: Wine & Chocolate Fantasy

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Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine & Chocolate PairingWe start the TasteLive New Year with a celebration of wine and chocolate. We will be joining the folks at TasteLive and some of our fellow wine bloggers on Thursday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. Central (6:00 p.m. Pacific and 9:00 p.m. Eastern) to pair three varying levels of chocolate with Rodney Strong wines.

We will taste three wines; Rodney Strong 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Knotty Pines Zinfandel and A True Gentleman’s Port. Rod Strong planted their first Alexander Valley Cabernet vineyard in 1971 on a hill known as Alexander’s Crown, and today farms over 200 acres of estate Cabernet on benches and hillsides above the Alexander Valley floor.

“Knotty Vines” refers to gnarled Zinfandel vines that have grown in Sonoma County since 1904, and “A True Gentleman’s Port” is named in honor of a Rodney Strong friend and advisor Dick Klein. “He loved life, his friends, his family and the camaraderie of all occasions,” the winery tells us. The very limited bottling is available only to Rodney Strong’s Collector’s Circle and at the winery.

The congenial Robert Larsen, winemaker Justin Seidenfeld and Sonoma County chocolatier Doug Peter’s of Peters’ Chocolates will be hosting the TasteLive event to preview Rodney Strong’s pre-Valentine’s 23rd Annual Wine & Chocolate Fantasy at their winery in Healdsburg, California. Scheduled this year for Saturday, February 4, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the event promises to be a cellar full of wine and chocolates along with Valentine’s Day inspired decor, cuisine and live music. Tickets to the event can be purchased for $65 at Rodney Strong’s on-line shop. For more information call (800) 678-4763.

Join us at TasteLive on the Rodney Strong channel to follow the pairing and tasting fun!

Cheers!

The WineWonkette

About Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and nearly 10,000 twitter fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events.
  • Wineguy

    I just had my first Chocolate Wine this past weekend. I liked it a lot, and so did about 4 of 5 others at the dinner. It had more of a alcohol bite than I expected, but not to an unpleasant level. Our bottle was 14% alcohol. You could just tell it had a bit of a kick.