Chocolais — Chocolate Blended with Fine French Wine
Cream from Holland, Swiss Chocolate and Italian White Wine, fancy French name… What is not to love? The most delicious and decadent chocolate wine on the market — you don’t need a pie or cake on the counter for dessert… just Chocolais in the fridge!!!
During the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to taste various chocolate flavored wines… and while I have always enjoyed the experience, I never felt it was extra special. With Chocolais, that has changed.
I have taken part in many chocolate and wine pairings, but not like this. As the producer says, “There’s only one way to improve on the sensual experience of rich dark chocolate with a glass of fine red wine – put them in the same bottle.”
That is what has been done when you discover the ingredients. Swiss chocolate, thick Dutch cream, and fine Italian wine. It is 14% proof so qualifies as wine.
At first, it reminded me of Bailey’s Irish Cream, but the red wine adds a distinctive flavor that cuts the sweetness. I find it perfect—my husband Norm thoroughly enjoys it as well.
If you choose to serve it with something, I would not recommend a rich dessert, as it would be out of balance. I like it by itself, with a lemon bar, or over some vanilla ice cream.
Review by Maralyn D. Hill, President of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.
I attended a “pickle tasting party” recently and knew it was appropriate to bring a tasty bottle that would counteract the acidity of briny-vinegary-pickly goodness. Instead of wine, I brought a chilled bottle of Chocolais. It turns out that a small glass of chocolate flavored wine was in fact, a deliciously successful way to finish the tasting — the milky consistency coated our stomachs after vinegar overload. At first sip, it is easy to compare Chocolais to Kahlua or Baileys Irish Cream, but the subtle finish of a “chewy” red wine presented itself on the end of the palate… so, I tasted a little more carefully, picking up subtle notes of medium-bodied coffee, apricot and honey. The most exciting thing about drinking this sweet wine wasn’t the actual sip, but the inspired conversation that broke out among my friends of unique ways to add it to dishes, desserts and specialty cocktails. All-in-all, a fine way to wrap up the food-themed festivities.
Review by Stefanie Payne, Executive Editor at CityRoom Inc. and Oenologist.com
In my wildest dreams as an unabashed chocoholic, I never thought anything less alcoholic than pure Irish Cream could simulate its exquisite chocolate pungency. But Chocolais Wine, a magic mixture of chocolate and wine from red Rhone grapes, accomplishes just that. My palate can’t tell where chocolate (Irish Cream facsimile or not) and wine diverges and come together, but with the taste of Chocolais Wine, who cares? It’s divine, whether on ice cream or by the glass.
Review by Norman E. Hill, Member of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association
Chocolate and wine? I had never thought of it. I love a good Port or ice wine with a bite of good chocolate. But chocolate and wine . . . in the same bottle? You must be mad.
There is real subtlety here; made in Holland with Swiss chocolate; thick Dutch cream; and fine Italian wine. And it is just plain fun. Show up at a dinner party with a bottle for the hostess and you will certainly be invited back. Even if you are a bit mad.
Review by Michelle E. Winner, Vice President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association
I am thinking as a confirmed chocoholic there’s not much you can give me that I haven’t had “something like it” before. After all I’ve spent the majority of my life chasing the perfect chocolate fix. I was wrong…so very very wrong. Enter a blend of exquisite cream from Holland, decadent Swiss Chocolate and fine Italian white wine all rolled into a delicious blend called Chocolais.
I was first introduced to Chocolais at a writers’ wine tasting held aboard a Holland America Alaskan cruise. All I can say is love at first swirl, lust at first sip. Surely the ultimate guilty pleasure was just redefined on my lips. At 14 proof, 7 percent alcohol, Chocolais offers just enough elegant chocolate creaminess to engage the beginner…and reel in the aficionado.
This is one of the few adult chocolate beverages that can be sipped in the Jacuzzi, swirled on the patio, or served over a decadent vanilla ice cream. I am also betting it will make an excellent Martini (see recipe below).
Group Shot of the Womens Wine Council
Chocolais is making its debut at the 2012 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Convention in April of 2012. News on the grapevine is that this flawless balance between red wine, dark chocolate and cream will be rolled at under $12 a bottle. Keep your fingers crossed. I know that my Womens Wine Council (WWC) have their ears, eyes and fingers crossed for widespread distribution at an affordable price. In a “sweet & sassy” WWC wine tasting this week; it was the winner by a mile. I didn’t even have to stuff the ballot box to have my favorite win it was that good.
Take a look at their FaceBook page where you can share your own insights into this seductive drink, recipes and your own opportunity to, “…grab your tiaras and feather boas and post a picture of yourself drinking Chocolais! We want to see just “How Rich You Can Get”!!!!!” Now there’s a challenge I can get into. Cheers!
Chocolais Graham Cracker Kissed Martini
1 1/2 oz Grey Goose Vanilla flavored vodka
1 oz Chocolais®
6 large finely crushed graham crackers
1 Hershey Kiss – split halfway to fit on rim of martini glass
Rim a chilled cocktail glass with finely crushed graham crackers. Mix vanilla vodka and Chocolais in shaker filled with ice. Garnish rim with a Hershey Kiss.
Review by Linda Kissam, Board Member, the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association