For Valentine’s Day this year I tried out my latest discovery. I recently met Cheryl Sher, owner of Sher Bliss wine and chocolate shop in Columbus, Ohio. She makes chocolates from a recipe that has been in her family for years, and also sells wine. It would only make sense to combine the two, right? Bliss in a Bottle is her creation: a bottle of wine dipped in chocolate! What could be better than pairing two of my favorite things? These bottles are so artfully done that you can still read the label. Mine is a sparkling Cabernet Sauvignon from Italy. It was dipped in dark chocolate and absolutely delicious! There are milk and white chocolate options as well. Cheryl says they are even beginning to add mint and raspberry to the chocolate so that it will better pair with the wine.
I had never tried a sparkling cab before and it was really interesting. This Altana Perlage Frizzante is organically grown and 11.5% alcohol It was dry and had all the characteristics of a regular cab: dark fruit, very rich, a hint of vanilla oak on the finish, and had just a hint of sweetness.
The bottle is covered in celophane so that the chocolate bits are caught there for you to enjoy instead of all over a counter top or floor. There are two strings underneath the chocolate that pop out above the bottle for easy cracking. ( I would have taken a video but I was sans makeup this particular evening; and I’m not out to frighten anyone) My friend Ryann and I had a nice dinner and followed up with this bottle for dessert. It was so pretty! And there was only one rule: we can’t leave anything in the bottle. Why would we?
To find out more about Sher Bliss, or to visit the store front visit http://sherbliss.com