I’ve never really gotten the whole wine-chocolate pairing thing. Apart, they’re both terrific. Together, they’re either downright horrible or tolerable but in a strained sort of way. (And suddenly I’m remembering college dating adventures for some reason.)
I feel much the same about Valentine’s Day. A heart-shaped box of chocolates is not romantic. Going out in 3 degrees Fahrenheit in the bitter Western Massachusetts winter and warming up the car for your wife to drive to work is romantic. (Yeah, Mr. Vinecdote is a keeper. Also: So glad we moved to California.)
Given those prejudices, I wasn’t expecting to like Rosenblum Desiree Chocolate Dessert Wine.
In fact, I didn’t like it. I loved it.
It’s made from zinfandel, syrah and touriga nacional, the traditional grape of classic ports, with chocolate emulsion added. The result is delicious _ dark, smooth, a definite port-like character and a rich taste that feels as though a square of very good quality dark chocolate is melting in your mouth. Just the thing to round off a good, homecooked meal whether it’s Valentine’s Day or just regular old Tiu’s Day, and a Valentine’s tradition I can definitely embrace.
It’s $20 for a 375 ml bottle, so won’t leave you bankrupt _ unlike overpriced roses, $3 cards and fighting for elbow room on one of the busiest nights of the year for restaurants.
And you don’t have to worry about frostbite.