We 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!