As we kick off another New Year, full of hope and optimism that maybe this year our New Year’s resolutions will last until at least February, I reflect on the gluttony that I have participated in for the past two weeks.
Just when I thought I couldn’t eat another sweet, couldn’t whiff another piece of chocolate, couldn’t raise another glass to toast to the holidays, a friend surprised me with the ultimate trifecta: a gift for me, consisting of chocolate and wine, all wrapped into one pretty little package called Chocolat Rouge.
Chocolat Rouge is a fun collection of wines that combine the best of two indulgences that we just can’t seem to get enough of this time of year. My favorite is the Sweet Red Chocolate wine, which has a velvety smooth feel on the mouth and a silky finish. Luscious and rich, but not as overly sweet as you would imagine, it is a nice alternative as an after dinner drink. While you definitely taste the chocolate immediately, it still has a fresh fruit forward taste to it as well. For those of you trying to stop the overindulgence, you can skip dessert and feel good about yourself but a few sips of this and you won’t feel like you’re missing anything.
The collection also includes a Dark Red Chocolate wine, and a Milk Chocolate wine. While I wouldn’t say this is a collection that sommeliers spend their days dreaming about, it is what it’s meant to be- fun and delicious. Sometimes wine lovers take themselves too seriously, and wine is meant to be shared and enjoyed amongst good company. This is a great surprise to bring a host on its own or paired with some chocolate truffles, either way your unique sweet treat will be much appreciated and talked about. It will certainly score you more points than the person who inevitably shows up every year with the big box of Panettone, or even worse, fruitcake.
While the holidays may be over, by the looks of things today retailers are already gearing up for Valentine’s Day as the Christmas card aisle at CVS was completely restocked with V-Day cards already. Chocolat Rouge is the perfect treat to stock up on for February when we all have romance on our minds. After all, pouring a glass of Chocolat Rouge is a lot easier than breaking out that fondue set that’s been sitting in the back of your storage closet. With each sip, you’ll imagine you’re eating chocolate dipped berries. Now, if only someone could bottle the perfect man too we’d really be on to something.
You can pick up Chocolat Rouge Wines at Middle Village Wines & Liquors. Upon entering this jewel box of a liquor store, you’ll confirm that good things come in small packages. Beautifully laid out with an extensive wine list, the store definitely has personality, a reflection of its owners who are more than happy to help guide you. Making your shopping experience even easier, they will deliver within the Queens area with a minimum $100 order, so if you’re looking to restock after the holidays give them a call.
Middle Village Wines & Liquors
64-74 Dry Harbor Road
Middle Village, NY 11379