Just like with fine wine, one has an very individual affair with chocolate, and this decadent tour is set to play "matchmaker" with your palate. If you're seeking a clandestine meeting with a rich dark chocolate, you'll discover it. Crave a creamy, dreamy affair with milk chocolate, welcome to it. Or perhaps you'd like a blind date with a chocolate that you've never met before or maybe you desire to experience a variety of styles and flavors.
You can discover your chocolate style on Tour de Chocolat! Spokane.
CHOCOLATE TASTING CLASS: Just what the doctor ordered. A hands-on chocolate class at the Chocolate Apothecary. Much like the wine tasting scene, much goes into tasting chocolate. This is a prescription for happiness (especially since there's sampling involved). The class is lasts an 1 hour and it's where you'll discover the history, nuances, and magic about the chocolate you crave. You'll also get to keep a pair of Chocolate Apothecary signature mugs filled with Sipping Chocolate, which is the ultimate chocolate indulgence developed by the European chocolatiers to savor slowly resulting in great pleasure.
About the Chocolate Apothecary: Nestled in the historic Flour Mill at 621 W Mallon. The old mill is directly between the Spokane Arena and the Spokane River. There you'll discover Gelato, drinking chocolates and chocolate cake as some of the wonderful reasons to visit frequently. http://www.chocolateapothecary.com/
CHOCOLATE FONDUE FOR 2: Choose from their famous dark, white or milk chocolate melted and swirled with your choice accompaniments such as, Amaretto flambéed at your table or passion fruit infused white chocolate. This decadent dip is designed for dippers which include fresh strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, brownies, rice krispies treats, pound cake and marshmallows covered in crushed oreos or graham crackers.
About the Melting Pot Spokane: Some things should just not make a comeback. Fondue however definitely should and did thanks The Melting Pot in downtown Spokane. At the Melting Pot, dinner is an event within itself, so expect to linger longer and enjoy yourself. Everything from your appetizer all the way to dessert takes a dip right there on your table cook top. Sure there are other Melting Pots in other cities, but Spokane's is locally owned and special in decor with an a envied wine list which was recognized by the Washington Wine Commission. Well worth the splurge for a memorable evening. Located in downtown Spokane on Main Street, across from Riverpark Square, on the second level of the Crescent Court. http://www.meltingpot.com/
BOX OF BLISS: 25 COUNT CHOCOLATE SWEET SAMPLER: After last week's review, you may have guessed something like this was coming. TA DA! Here's a chance to indulgently find your chocolate style. You'll get 25 chances to figure out you like all of the them. This super-sized variety box of PDC contains everything from huckleberry infused chocolates to solid milk chocolate hearts and everything in between.. Dark, Milk or White - it's all there. Sharing optional.
About Pixie Dust Chocolates: PDC is a small family business that is getting "sweet" reviews in and around town. All of the solid dark, milk and white chocolates are handmade and painted with either cocoa butter or shimmer dust (pixie dust). You can find Pixie Dust Chocolates at Simply Northwest, The Rocket Market, and Chocolate Apothecary among others.Go to http://www.pixiedustchocolates.com/ to find out more.
DRINK YOUR DESSERT: Winemaker Henning Knipprath is well-known for producing wonerful hand-crafted wines. However, he may be best known for his red dessert wines meticulously barrel-aged with natural chocolate flavoring extrcted from importanted cacao beans to create "Au Chocolat!" It's the ultimate pairing for wine and chocolate lovers. This tour stop includes a private wine tasting with Henning at Knipprath Cellars, located in the former Parkwater school house in the Spokane Valley. You'll also be bringing home a bottle of award winning Au Chocolat!
About Knipprath Cellars: Begun as a small family-owned and operated boutique winery, Knipprath Cellars started full-time operations in the Fall of 1999, and enjoys a growing enthusiasm for its wines in and out of the state. Featuring award-winning firsts for the Spokane area, such as Washington-State Pinot noir and the first locally produced Port. The tasting room and winery is located at 5634 East Commerce Ave., in the old Parkwater Schoolhouse.
ICE WINE COMMETH: December 2013 UPDATE. Record-breaking low temperatures in portions of the Pacific Northwest made it ideal conditions for the picking grapes for ice wine. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates harvested and began crushing grapes at Columbia Crest in Paterson, Washington, after temperatures in the Horse Heaven Hills dipped to 10 degrees. Frozen berries of Riesling on the vine are about to be picked near Paterson, Washington. It's also happening in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, where conditions made for one of the earliest harvest of ice wine. ABOUT ICE WINE: Frigid temperatures produce a winter gift for Washington wineries. Remember that 2008 winter bitter cold weather? Well it had a delicious upside. It has allowed Northwest winemakers to harvest the rare and delectable Ice Wine. Ice wine (or icewine, as one word, or in German, Eiswein) is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and ot
Latah Creek Wine Cellars was asked for your help in choosing a new label for the Monarch Red series. The label features art by Edward W. Gilmore. The Original painting that inspired the label hangs in the tasting room. Artist rendition prints and giclees are available to pair with your wine.The new labels were designed by BHW1, Scott Kneshaw designed the one on the left, which is currently on the delicious Monarch Red. Thanks for your vote. Here were the results: At Latah Creek Winery. Over 500 votes were cast during their 28th Anniversary celebration weekend. Votes from the weekend with nearly 500 corks: #1 - 24% #2 - 35% #3 - 8% #4 - 19% #5 - 15% After looking at the results, Mike Conway thinks should have had either #3 OR #5 as they were variations of the same theme so both weren't needed. The clear-cut winner though was #2 - very similar to what they did initially but with black background. SIP of Spokane had 129 votes. Here's where we voted: #1 - 21% #2 - 33% #3 - 5
"Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon or good people and noble ventures" M.F.K. Fisher, Vin et Formage. Washington State is not yet necessarily known for cheese. But the culinary landscape of Washington is dotted with well-known and well-anointed cheeses and cheese makers having Washingtonians take pride in their products. It seams only appropriate that the nation's second largest wine producing region, have a handle on cheese as well. Though there are other notable cheese makers in Washington State, a good EAST vs.WEST rivalry is represented by Cougar Gold and Beecher's. First a few basics about Wine and Cheese, that may just be the dynamic duo of the culinary world. The just go so well together and even though it really comes down to personal taste, certain guidelines have been proven favorable in pairing this iconic food couple. Here are some of those basic truths: • White wines match best with soft cheeses an