Sweetening the tongues for centuries, chocolate and red wine has been the most reliable pairing in history. Chocolate Shop takes this pairing to the next level, marrying chocolate flavor with red wine to create a sumptuous drink. We start with a proprietary red blend of the finest vinifera varietals, add a touch of oak and a kiss of sweetness to create the perfect fruit-driven foil for the rich dark chocolate which unfolds in silken layers across the palate.
The grapes for Meritage are hand-harvested and sorted then gravity fed to tank where it undergoes a cold maceration for 4-5 days. The grapes are then fermented entirely in stainless tanks at no more than 81° F. After alcoholic fermentation, an extended post maceration allows for additional body and structure. Afterwards, malolactic fermentation in barrel softens the wine by removing malic acid. The resulting wines are aged in French oak barrels for 9 months before blending and bottling.
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As there are nearly a dozen ways to compile a list of the top wine regions of the world, we’ve tried to balance qualities like notoriety and prolific production in selecting nearly a dozen of our favorites. There are some names you’d expect, and some you might not, but there’s no debating the unique influence these regions have had on the global landscape of oenophiles.
- Bordeaux, France: As the largest wine growing region in France, it only makes sense to begin here. With nearly 500 square miles currently under vine, a typical vintage can produce as much as 700 million bottles. Though most infamous for their distinctive and prestigious reds, a growing demand for both dry and sweet whites is leading to some diversification.
- Burgundy, France: The region itself is quite small, but the unique topography creates a phenomenon of unpredictable microclimates with hot summers giving way to cold winters. As such, Burgundy is a land of much variety, impacted not only by the weather, but by the 400+ soil types, meaning the wealth of variables result in very distinct and sometimes sought-after vintages.
- La Rioja, Spain: Though a continental climate, the mountains to the north produce more moderate effects, easing the swings of the temperature and helping to hold back the strong winds of Northern Spain. While the region is most commonly known for blends, their real claim to fame comes in the traditional process of aging for long periods prior to release. Even with modern (shortened) production cycles, many wines spend four years or more in oak, taking on a distinctive vanilla flavor.
- Tuscany, Italy: One of the longest continually operating wine regions of the world, written histories extolling the virtues of Tuscan wines date back almost three thousand years. The region is best known for being hilly and bright, with the topography and sunlight impacting the vines and grapes, balancing the sugars and acidity in their signature Sangiovese grapes that make up the bulk of their Chianti.
- Northern California: Home to both Anderson Valley and the world-renowned Napa region, NorCal boasts both variety and volume seldom seen elsewhere in the world. While vines date back more than 100 years, the region only reached global prominence in 1976 during the Paris Wine Tasting when the little American upstart wowed judges with what would in time prove to be its signature big Cabs.
- Finger Lakes, NY: To those out of state (or country), upstate New York is known for two main reasons: Niagara Falls and dozens of varietals produced by nearly a hundred wineries. This robust pocket of the Northeast is fueled by eco- and enotourism, encouraging visitors to tour the wineries, including two of America’s oldest, dating to the mid-1800s.
- Mendoza, Argentina: The Mendoza region is prototypically Argentinian in that the altitude and low humidity define the characteristics of the wines produced. The rugged climate is best known for producing spicy and earthy Malbecs, but the hotbed region also accounts for two thirds of the country’s wine production.
- Maipo, Chile: Though this region is far lower in elevation, the poor, rocky soil produces similarly bold reds. While home to roughly ten distinct varietals, the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which account for more than half of all acres under vine.
- Hunter Valley, NSW: Best-known for being the country’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley is commonly associated with Semillon but produces more than its share of varietals. The Europeans who settled in the region at the beginning of the 18th century were initially interested in coal and timber, but the first vines were planted roughly thirty years later, giving birth to the 120 wineries in the region today.
- Yarra Valley, Victoria: Located roughly an hour outside of Melbourne, the valley takes its name from the Yarra river flowing through it. The upper part of the valley has a cool climate that makes it nearly ideal for sparkling wines and especially buttery chardonnays, and the area receives more than 3 million annual visitors eager for a taste of their own.
- Margaret River: As the representative for Australia’s West coast, the climate is most remarkable for minimal season temperature variation. While the region features more than 200 wineries, they tend to be small and boutique, such that the region contributes only 3% of the continent’s grapes, but accounts for 20% of the premium market.
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2013 was another excellent vintage in Washington State, made slightly unusual by 80 plus temperatures in April and 90 plus temperatures in May. This uncommon early season heat caused bud break and growth to be early and rapid, exceeding average by about ten days. An average summer meant veraison and harvest began early, which led to ripe fruit throughout the state. Once again, average in Washington is everyone else great. Fruit was predominately sourced from The Sagemoor Farms Vineyard in the Columbia Valley AVA.
This beautiful dual zone wine cooler is a great addition to any home or restaurant. The dual zone component allows you to hold multiple types of wines at two different serving temperatures. Now, you don’t have to choose between your favorite white and red. This design features blue LED lighting and ball bearing rollers. This deluxe, 106 bottle dual zone wine cooler can be used as built-in or a free standing unit.
The grapes for our 2014 Apothic Dark were selected from Lodi, where sunlight and diverse soil structures result in wine with complexity and balanced acidity. The 2014 growing season in California was ideal, the dry, warm spring and summer weather brought an earlier harvest. Across the state, harvest yielded grapes with ripe fruit flavors and vibrant aromas.
Viticulture Notes: We selected a large portion of the fruit for our Cabernet Sauvignon from premier vineyards in Lodi, a leading California winegrowing region for over 150 years. The Mediterranean climate in Lodi creates warm days and cool nights, ideal conditions for growing intensely ripe grapes with great natural acidity and fruit-forward characteristics. In Lodi, the 2014 vintage was earlier than usual with lighter yields and smaller clusters than the past few years. Lodi's signature warm temperatures and cooling breezes from Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay led to concentrated fruit with ripe, juicy dark fruit flavors.
The 2014 growing season in California was ideal, the dry, warm spring and summer weather brought an earlier harvest, yielding grapes with ripe fruit flavors and vibrant aromas.