If you’re a loyal reader of MBH, then you’re well aware that I have a thing for chocolate. And when it’s dark chocolate, all the better. Major bonus points if it’s Lindt EXCELLENCE. So when I was asked to host a chocolate and wine pairing party (featuring this refined, intense dark chocolate and wines from J. Lohr Estates), I’m pretty sure I said yes before they could finish the question.
Every single piece is created by the Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatier’s unmatched expertise to perfectly combine the most refined intense dark chocolate and the finest ingredients into thin shapes, allowing you to elevate yourself to the ultimate chocolate pleasure experience.
My favorite by far was the EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr’s Riverstone Chardonnay. I’m normally not a dry white wine-kinda-girl, but when the two of these are mixed together, it’s an amazing thing. The one that garnered the most votes of the evening, though, was the EXCELLENCE Intense Orange. There’s just something about cocoa and citrus that melds so perfectly well. And the guests didn’t mind when I handed out seconds and thirds of this flavor!
Lindt EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay
Bright aromas of apples, pears and lemons in this rich, well-balanced Chardonnay pair perfectly with the naturally sweet pineapple and roasted hazelnut pieces in the EXCELLENCE Pineapple bar, providing a delightful finish of caramel and cream. EXCELLENCE Pineapple, masterfully made to pair perfectly with Chardonnay, provides the perfect pairing for lovers of both Chardonnay and dark chocolate.
Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange paired with J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling
Enticing notes of lychee, pear and orange are present in this bright and luscious wine. It is the ideal match for the sweet citrus profile and equally complex EXCELLENCE Intense Orange. Full fruit flavors and a balanced seam of refreshing acidity work in harmony to create perfection!
Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt paired with J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir
The fresh ripe berries in this wine are accompanied by a touch of earth and brown sugar that complement the sharpness of the Fleur de Sel and sweet cacao characteristics of EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt. Together they invoke flavors reminiscent of fresh cream, butter and finish with a pleasant tanginess.
Lindt EXCELLENCE Chili paired with J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah
This is an excellent red wine with deep, rich fruit aromas and flavors of pomegranate, blueberry and prune with a spicy finish. Experience it with EXCELLENCE Chili, a fine aromatic sweet dark chocolate perfumed with premium red chili. Enjoyed together, they create a spicy warmth that bursts onto the palate.
Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa paired with J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon
Ripe aromas of blueberry and black plum meld with a rich bouquet of chocolate and hazelnut in this superb wine. Pair it with the balanced and rich EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa, which features notes of tobacco, leather and roasted nuts. They are a match in both depth, body and finish with a creaminess that coats the palate.
My friends at Lindt are generously giving away one of these beautiful gift boxes filled with a variety of Lindt EXCELLENCE chocolate flavors to a lucky My Baking Heart reader! Just follow the prompts below and you’re entered to win!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored opportunity with Lindt EXCELLENCE & J. Lohr Wines and compensation was provided by Lindt; however, the photography & opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author. Giveaway restricted to United States residents only; ends September 19th, 2014.