Regusci Winery has added chocolate (but not just any chocolate!) to its tasting room offerings.
Joined by expert wine and food collaborators, Leslie Schwartz, Events Coordinator (and CIA trained pastry chef) and Dean Williams, Tasting Room Manager at Regusci Winery, we designed 6 signature chocolates to pair with Regusci’s fabulous wines.
A crack team of Regusci tasting room associates with exceptionally well-trained palates tested each chocolate along with its wine to ensure that the pairing was absolutely perfect.
Inspired by the unique flavor tones of the wine, we looked for spices, berries and even caramel with a hint of sea salt to balance and bring forward those flavors. When you taste a Regusci chocolate with the wine that inspired it, you will never drink wine with just any old chocolate ever again…. It is truly a sublime experience.
And we took sublime to another level by designing a chocolate with Regusci’s own Estate-grown, cold-press olive oil. The smooth texture and nutty flavor of the olive oil softens the intensity of the dark chocolate and is oh so subtly enhanced by sea salt, resulting in a voluptuously delicious chocolate.
Regusci signature chocolates are now available in the tasting room and as a specially designed box of 6 dark chocolates, which includes a limited edition Chile Pepper and Zinfandel-infused chocolate made with Regusci’s 2009 Zinfandel (this sinful Zin is so devilishly good that it’s only available through the Wine Club).
The Regusci Wine-Inspired Chocolate Box, available for $15 in the tasting room, features 6 artisanal dark chocolates:
- Ginger and Estate Chardonnay hand-dipped truffle with candied ginger
- Black Cherry and Estate Merlot dark chocolate
- Regusci Patriarch-infused dark chocolate
- Fleur de Sel Caramel ganache (as smooth as Angelo’s Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon)
- Regusci Estate Olive Oil-infused dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt
- Chile Pepper and Estate Zinfandel truffle gently rolled in cocoa powder
Visit Regusci Winery, on the Silverado Trail in the Stag’s Leap district of Napa, and succumb to the smoothness as each chocolate pairs perfectly with its wine or enjoy them all on their own.
A very special thank you to Rita Cervone and Gary Brandolino for introducing me to Regusci Winery. You saw (and tasted) what was possible and like a good wine, let it breathe.