Late last month, Amerigo in Cool Springs held a unique event which I'm sorry to have missed. They teamed up with another Franklin company called Schakolad to offer four pairings of wine and chocolate for the low price of just $13. Wine with chocolate is not always an easy match, but when done correctly it can be sublime.
Luckily for those of us who didn't find out about the Amerigo deal in time (damn spam filter), two other unique wine/chocolate products have appeared on the radar of late. First off is a dessert liqueur called Cuor di Cioccolata, or "heart of chocolate." With this fusion of chocolate and grappa, Trentino winemaker Pisoni has created a delicate apertif that would be perfect served at room temperature after dinner or slightly warmed over a dessert or even on a Belgian waffle. I'm sure a shot of it in your coffee would also take the edge off the morning.
Cuor di Cioccolata is distributed locally by 100% Italiano and is available in many wine stores.
This next product is so good, I'm not sure I even want to tell you about it so I can hoard more for myself. But where's the love in that? Plus, since Tom Lazzaro at Lazzaroli's in Germantown was nice enough to share his find with me, it's only fair that I spread the word.
Tommy Noodles sells a Chocolate Cabernet Sauce from B.R. Cohn's which is out of this world. A velvety swirl of Cabernet and melted chocolate, this sauce still retains almost 5 percent alcohol levels after production. None of this wussy "don't worry the alcohol burns off during cooking" nonsense. B.R. Cohn's packs a punch. Cohn actually makes some pretty decent wines, but is probably even better known for producing high-end olive oils. In an interesting bit of trivia, Bruce Cohn earned the money to start his estate as the long-time manager of the Doobie Brothers.
Come to think of it, I think I may have figured out where he came up with the idea for this ridiculously delicious chocolate sauce. Doobies, wine, chocolate ... maybe a hot tub was involved.
Anyhow, we all get to benefit from his genius. Drizzled over ice cream or fresh berries BR Cohn's Chocolate Cabernet Sauce takes dessert to another level. And maybe even for Valentine's, you could take it to another room in your house. I'm just sayin'.