A Little Wine and Chocolate (Therapy)

I had the pleasure of meeting Pam and David Griffin, owners of Chocolate Therapy in Framingham, MA at a grand tasting just about a year ago. When I became the sommelier and EVP of Product Development at Sail to Trail WineWorks, Worcester’s only urban winery, I knew we needed to offer something unique yet irresistible alongside our flight of wines. The mind blowing truffles crafted by Chocolate Therapy immediately came to mind, and I think our customers will agree, was an excellent addition.

When you visit the Sail to Trail tasting room, you have the option of enjoying a flight of the five wines in our portfolio. In addition, we offer a customized flight of Chocolate Therapy truffles to accompany each wine. Each wine is incredible on its own, as is each chocolate truffle, but when paired together, the explosion of flavors and textures is something that cannot be accurately described in writing. You’re simply going to have to visit and try for yourself!

Sail to Trail’s 2018 Sauvignon Blanc comes from California’s Central Coast. It offers a beautifully light, refreshing mouthfeel and flavors of soft grapefruit, candied lemon, and stone fruits. I call this our “porch pounder.” Imagine that warm, sunny summer day; this is the wine you want in your glass. Typically, dry acidic white wines tend to be a bit difficult to pair with foods with high sugar content, but that wasn’t even a challenge for Chocolate Therapy. Their Limoncello truffle provides complimentary flavors of bright lemon blanketed in luxurious white chocolate. This pairing is heavenly.

Our  2017 Chardonnay comes from Yakima Valley, WA and is unoaked. This chardonnay was aged in stainless steel, so in lieu of flavors of vanilla and toast, you will enjoy aromas and flavors of pineapple and tree fruit. Bright, refreshing, clean flavors are only changed once you pair this wine with the Sweet Potato truffle. Suddenly flavors of hazelnut explode on the palate. It’s like magic!

Sail to Trail’s 2015 Zinfandel from Sonoma County, CA earned itself 88 points from Wine Spectator and is a favorite among all of our customers. You are left with no words once you pair this wine that offers juicy, ripe flavors of raspberry, blackberry, and plum with the white chocolate Raspberry Gemme truffle.

We offer two Cabernet Sauvignons at the tasting room. The first is our best seller, 2017 vintage from Yakima Valley, WA. This delicious every day cab starts with ripe red fruits and finishes with a spicy note of black pepper. When paired with The Cure (dark chocolate with cinnamon, cayenne, and bay leaf), that spicy kick is amplified and offers a fun, unique marriage of flavors.

Finally, our 2015 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla, WA, which earned 89 points from Wine Spectator. This beauty offers layers of deep red fruit, earth, leather, spice, and sweet cedar. The Aristaeus truffle offers sultry dark chocolate with cold pressed olive oil and sea salt, finishing the flight on a truly luxurious note.

Fall In Love with Wine & Chocolate class at Sail to Trail on February 12, 2020

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