It’s Market Monday & We Go Together Like Chocolate and Wine
Tis the season to cozy up and treat yo-self and if that doesn’t include chocolates and wine, you’re doing it wrong!
Meet the Chocolatier
Meet Eliza and Erlé of Farmhouse Chocolates, located in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Vermont. Their line up of delectable treats are crafted with all local, non-GMO, certified organic ingredients. Former dairy farmer and head chocolatier, Erlé LaBounty, has been crafting chocolates in his home state since the young age of 16. Co-Owners, Eliza and Erlé pour their hearts into their business by creating a trustworthy and dependable product for chocolate lovers to enjoy.
We’ve picked the perfect Farmhouse Chocolates and paired them with wines from our friends up the mountain at Bluemont Vineyard. These three combos are perfect for your next dinner party, girls night in, date night, or netflix binge by the fireside. Sip back, relax and enjoy!
Pairing 1: Cacao Nibs + Alaska Pure Sea Salt with Bluemont Vineyard Rosé “The Donkey”
Nutty caramel notes with a bright and fruity acidity. This bar is silky smooth in texture with a sprinkle of bitter, crunchy cacao nibs and artisan sea salt.
2020 Rosé “The Donkey”
This refreshing, off-dry Rosé is made using grapes from the Amber Creek Vineyard, located in Leesburg, Virginia. Picked in early September and slowly fermented in stainless steel to retain maximum aromatics and freshness. Made with 100% Chambourcin grapes, this wine is fruit-forward with notes of ripe strawberries and cranberry intertwined with hints of lemongrass, mint, and a delicate acidity for a perfect pairing.
Pairing 2: 85% Dark Chocolate with Toasted Almonds paired with Bluemont Vineyard Farm Table Red
A rich chocolate with delicate bitterness and a slightly smoky flavor. Sprinkled with whole almonds that are toasted in house.
2017 Farm Table Red
37% Chambourcin, 18% Merlot, 18% Cab Franc, 18% Cab Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Norton
With slight similarities to a Pinot Noir, this fruit-forward, medium body wine is jammy and loaded with red fruit flavors- think red cherry, pomegranate and plum! Its easy drinking with a vibrant acidity. The subtle tannins and smoky hints from the toasted almonds makes this a perfect balance to this dark chocolate bar.
**We will be releasing 2020 FTR soon!**
Pairing 3: Salted Caramels paired with Bluemont Vineyard Autumn Apple Wine
They say these are their best sellers and we certainly understand why!
Buttery rich caramel, dark chocolate squares that are not overly sweet like caramel you’ve purchased at a big chain grocery. Each bite has a subtle bitterness though is a perfect balance of sweet, dark chocolate and a sprinkle of salt.
50% Apple & 50% Vidal Blanc
A Fall seasonal favorite! This semi-sweet wine is a blend of our own apples from Great Country Farm mixed with Vidal Blanc. It drinks fresh and bright with mild apple notes similar to a Golden Delicious. Whats not to love about a caramel apple? This pairing is just that, only a little deconstructed!
These treats are delicious, pure, and environmentally friendly. Eliza and Erlé give it everything they’ve got when it comes to these craft chocolate treats and their messaging is simple- “we believe in it, we believe in each other and because we really, really like making people smile through good food.”
We couldn’t agree more! Proudly offering a selection of both Farmhouse Chocolates and Bluemont Vineyard wines in our market, making it easy for you to treat yourself on your next shopping trip!