Friday Favorites: Red, Red, Red Wine and Chocholate
I didn't used to be a red wine drinker. My friend, Jeff Karp, turned me on to them in my mid-twenties. He taught me that if you pair the right food with reds, they are wonderful. Through the years I moved on from Merlots and Cabs to Pino Noir and my new favorite, Pinotage.
A couple of months ago, I had a ladies night with 3 of my girlfriends. We went to Bar Divani,. They have a wonderful selection of wines and you can get a tastings flight for a reasonable price. One of the wines I tasted was Barista. It is a Pinotage from South Africa and has an amazing chocolate, coffee, cherry aroma and finish. I liked it so much I bought a bottle to go for $15.99. I haven't been able to find it anywhere else in GR, so if you see it elsewhere, please let me know!!
My favorite varietal is Pino Noir. I can always find a cheap bottle and have only had a few that I did not like. My favorite is LaCrema. I have found it at World Market, Costco, and Meijer. It is usually around $20.00 a bottle. This is a great wine to pair with chocolate.
I am a sucker for dark chocolate. I love to buy it from World Market because they have their own line of them and also carry numerous other brands. I love their Sea Salt one.
I also love this one with Bacon. I know it sounds gross, but the combination of saltiness and sweetness is amazing!