Updated: Feb 5
Featured wine of the month
Uncorking this light-bodied Texas Merlot has a nice, light, fruity bouquet with a hint of tannins and aged in American white oak.
“Making for an magical moment that is sure to last and linger on your tongue.”
Legend has it that a kiss from a mermaid can give you some amazing abilities, including being able to breathe underwater. Other legends suggest that a kiss from a mermaid may also give the reciever the enchanting power to heal people. Along side the magical kiss, the tears of a mermaid are said to unlock the fountian of youth.
It's the Month of Love
Let's find the perfect pair of wine and chocolate for your special night. Finding your favorite wine is a treasure hunt with much reward. But don’t stop there, keep the journey going. Here are a few tips to help find the perfect pair that is sure to make your tastebuds fall in love.
Tip 1: Keep it simple, start with a wine that is slightly sweeter than the chocolate. With both wine and chocolate carrying their own innate intensity, they can often find themselves engaged in a formidable palate power play. Each is vying for dominance and immediate attention. To help the two settle into some semblance of amiable balance, initially, let the wine bow to the chocolate.
Tip 2: Choose a similar style and weight. When pairing wines with chocolate, try to match lighter, more elegant flavored chocolates with lighter-bodied wines; likewise, the stronger the chocolate, the more full-bodied the wine should be. The darker the chocolate is the more the tannin‘s will display. However, when you pair this darker chocolate up with a wine that also boasts stouter tannin structure, the chocolate will often overshadow or cancel out the wine's tannins on the palate and allow more of the fruit to show through.
The ripe, red fruit and often lighter body and silky tannins of a Pinot Noir or a medium-bodied Merlot will work well with the smooth character and cocoa butter components of milk chocolate.
With a higher cacao content this call’s for a wine that offers a fuller body, robust aromas and intense flavor. Also adding a bold fruit will help with its own smidge of indigenous chocolatey nuances.
White chocolate tends to be more mellow and buttery in flavor, making it an ideal candidate for the sweeter styles such as a Moscato. This will pick up the chocolate's creamy textures and fruit fixtures that may be buried within the chocolate.
You have the love, the wine and now some tips to help you find that perfect chocolate to partner it with.
Stop by this month and we will be ready to guide you on a chocolate pairing adventure for a fun experience. If you have any questions, please drop a comment below. We are here to make your wine experience more than just s sip. Here at Rusty Hook we are dedicated to fun, friends and of course WINE!
Stop by at any of our events and hi! We would love to see you!
Victoria Farmer's Market
February 3, 10, 17 and 24th
CC downtown Farmers Market at the Art Center
Mother Clucker's Market
Diamondback Gun Show Bauer Community Center
Hodge Podge Fair Market Trade and Gathering Company in Hallettsville
Mad Batter Cheesecake
One stop V'day market
Goliad Market Days
Port O'Connor Farmers Market
8AM - 12PM
Rockport Market Days
Matagorda County Market Days in Bay City