Norman Love and the Dana Agency hosted a very special sit down progressive chocolate and wine pairing at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store in the Design District. Ni.Do. Caffe passed appetizers during the arrival reception to prep the palate. This invite-only event was personally curated and led by Norman Love and Chris Radomski, of Hundred Acre Wine Group as a guest wine ambassador who narrated the sweet journey through wines from If You See Kay, Cherry Pie, and Layer Cake perfectly paired with confections from Norman.
The first pairing featured a delicious and chewy lemon pound cake with fresh lemon icing along with an even fresher and vibrant Layer Cake Chardonnay. This only white wine of the evening, is rich and includes layers of Kaffir lime, pineapple and guava pour in, but the finish is crisp and clean.
Following was a Cherry Pie Pinot Noir straight from Napa Valley, very deep and concentrated, with bold, rich flavors making this wine unforgettable. Cherry Pie Pinot Noir was accompanied with the St. Domingue Chocolate Mousse. This delectable dessert can be described as chocolate Pain de Gene with cherry and red fruit gelee. The bold Pinot Noir and the dark chocolate made for the perfect combination.
The third combination included yet another dark chocolate – 74% Peru Black chocolate to be precise – along with a Peruvian Chocolate Mousse. This Mousse was a wonderful blend of dark chocolate glaze and Cassis cream. The pairing was fulfilled by the Layer Cake Malbec, coming from the known vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina. This Malbec will always be undoubtedly a classic, with extensive, brooding, black fruit. The dark chocolate and the heavy bodied red wine will be forever outstanding.
The Layer Cake Sea of Stones wine was another wine from the vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina, an extremely dense and concentrated blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Almost black in color, on the palate there are infinite layers of savory fruit, espresso and spice notes. With this combination came the 61% Espresso Truffle, which is made from dark roasted espresso beans and steeped into a sweet cream. Perhaps an even more flavorful dessert was the Espresso Crunch, also in this pairing. This was a milk chocolate cake with vanilla cream, coffee mousse and espresso crumbs. The espresso notes and the red wine were a perfect palatable mix.
Last but not least, the final combination was comprised of the luscious chocolate almond cake, made with a decadent 85% Venezuelan ganache, along with another 88% Venezuelan Black chocolate. This was particularly my favorite, with deep cacao notes along with coffee, licorice and black tea. They truly left the best for last and my expectations were fully met with this unforgettable blend. If You See Kay blend is made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Verdot, 5% Syrah and 5% Primitivo. Dense and thick blackberry and mocha flavors dominate this blend, but it is the ripe black fruit and rich spice aromas that will leave you wondering. If You See Kay is extremely versatile with food, particularly bold flavors- and that’s why this pairing was perhaps the most memorable.