In a city that holds wine pairing to the highest of priorities, Paso Robles will celebrate its sweetest wine pairing yet: wine with chocolate. Vina Robles Winery recently introduced a variety of new tasting experiences in addition to a selection of wine and food pairings earlier this year to encourage the pleasure of accompanying wine with food.
The Vina Robles Winery continues that celebration with its Chocolate Festival, to be held on Saturday, February 11th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Paso Robles winery invites guests from near and far to enjoy a blissful afternoon, as they host their Chocolate Festival in the beautiful Signature Room of their Hospitality Center. The afternoon’s proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County.
Because of the winery’s Swiss heritage, Vina Robles Winery embraces a “European approach” that favors food-friendly wines with modest alcohol content and a bright finish. The winery will continue to promote this healthy attitude toward wine enjoyment by offering many sample pairings. A highlighted favorite will be a Petite Sirah and Chocolate pairing. Five of Vina Robles’ finest Petite Sirahs are each perfectly paired with a handmade chocolate truffle that was exclusively created for the winery by Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates in San Luis Obispo. The wines featured in this pairing have very unique and intentional flavor profiles. Guests of the Chocolate Festival will not only have the chance to taste the various influences that soil profile, elevation and microclimates have on the wine, but they will also learn how the chocolate highlights and enhances some of these specific flavors found in those wines. Then, after all the food and wine, stop by the Vino Therapy Spa booth and discover the magic behind the soothing power of the cocoa bean.
Chocolatiers, restaurants, and food purveyors from throughout the Central Coast will share their chocolate inspired fare, ranging from baked goods to chocolate covered bacon. They include:
- Baileyana Winery
- Boyd's Tobacco and Elegant Gifts
- Bru Coffeehouse
- Castoro Cellars
- Cupcake Shoppe
- Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab
- The Grill at Hunter Ranch
- Luna Red
- Madonna Inn
- Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates
- Mitchella Vineyard & Winery
- Olea Farm Olive Oil
- Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
- Splash Café
- Sweet Confectionary Offerings
- Thomas Hill Organics
- Tolosa Winery
- Vino Therapy Studio