Dining Out Denver just published their "15 Must Do February Events" and we're tickled pink (or shall we say red) that our Wine & Chocolate Weekend was featured, and we wanted to share some delicious ideas with you, to help you celebrate your Valentine all month long, as well as give you some very tasty pairing ideas.
ENJOY, and let us know what your favorite pairings!
This Valentine’s Day, skip the busy restaurant scene and give your sweetheart a thoughtful dining experience for just the two of you! They’ll appreciate the intimate setting, their favorite dishes, and most of all, the love you put into creating a meal just for them. Denver’s accessible and award-winning urban winery, Bonacquisti Wine Company, invites you to considering the following pairings to take your meal over the top on the romance scale.Our Valentine’s Day Picks:Opening bites such as bitter endive leaves stuffed with rich whipped cream cheese and honey smoked salmon pair perfectly with Bonacquisti’s ever-popular D Red, a smooth-drinking blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Zinfandel. The notes of blackberry jam, sweet tobacco and velvety tannin are a delicious way to kick things off. We suggest duck fat roasted almonds (ask us for Paul Bonacquisti’s recipe!) paired with Bonacquisti’s dry, high-acidity Sparkling Riesling.As an appetizer, steam mussels, clams or escargots in garlic, butter, lemon and Bonacquisti’s Vino Bianco, an Italian blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Cortese. And then drink some Vino Bianco with it! Crispy, clean citrus flavors make this an excellent choice with seafood, butter and citrus.Earthy, herbaceous mains such as beef with sautéed wild mushrooms or rosemary garlic lamb are elevated by the vanilla, tobacco and leather notes in Bonacquisti’s medium-bodied Cab Franc.If a satisfying seafood pasta or veggie risotto entrée is more your taste, try the low-tannin Vino Rosso, a 100% Barbera from Piedmont, Italy, featuring great acidity and notes of mixed berries.You can’t go wrong with a decadent dessert on Valentine’s Day! The caramelized butterscotch notes in Bonacquisti’s Bourbon Barrel Syrah accentuate Denver’s Chocolate Lab’s killer triple truffle pie or pecan toffee with caramel and bacon. Its creamy texture would also be perfect alongside an assortment of their truffles, and your favorite cheeses.Speaking of Chocolate Lab…Bonacquisti Winery will be hosting the 12th Annual Wine and Chocolate Weekend 4-7PM, February 10-11, 2018! For $35 per person, enjoy a self-paced, four-course pairing menu of Bonacquisti’s favorite wines coupled with Chocolate Lab’s small batch, hand crafted chocolates.Live music and tasting menu to be announced on their websites!See you at the winery!
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