Melt-in-your-mouth morsels are just better with Paso wine! This Valentine’s Day, sweep them off their feet with an epic assortment of chocolate and wine pairings. With dozens of varietals to explore, Paso Robles Wine Country offers up some of the finest wines in the world. What better way to show your devotion than by thoroughly tantalizing their taste buds? Here are 5 passionate pairings to stoke your love this Valentine’s Day:
Cass Wines Syrah and Semi-Sweet Chocolate
Walk on the dark side: Syrah has a mysterious, brooding and complex character. What could be more enticing this Valentine’s Day? Pair Cass Wine’s 2020 Backbone Syrah with an equally alluring semi-sweet chocolate for flavor fireworks. Deep purple in color and brimming with black fruit, cinnamon and clove, you’ll both feel a rush of forbidden pleasure upon first sip. A bit of aeration brings out leather, herbs, minerals, pepper and a touch of anise charm. Your love isn’t just one note (sweet), so why should your Valentine’s Day treat be?
Hayseed and Housdon Pinot Noir and Caramel Chocolate
Your prayers answered: Get down with some earthy, sensual vibes this Valentine’s Day. Hayseed and Housdon’s 2020 Pray For Love Pinot Noir is a quality California style pinot, offering ample fruit without tipping the jammy scale too hard. Use of stem inclusion and barrel fermentation brings a balanced sweetness, while also intensifying the earthy and complex notes of this wine. Chocolate laced with caramel is a natural dance partner for this grounded minx. Surprisingly fragrant (a literal bouquet of flowers awaits your lover’s nose) this deep, ruby-hued elixir might be the illusive love potion poets have been writing about for centuries!
Anarchy Wine Co.’s Furious Muse and Milk Chocolate-dipped Strawberries
Put a ring on it: For those who have fallen deeply in love, hook, line and sinker–it’s time to make a solid commitment. Anarchy Wine Co.’s Furious Muse, a 60 percent cabernet sauvignon / 40 percent syrah blend, calls out for classic milk chocolate dipped strawberries (why mess with perfection?). On the palate, savor lush strawberry, currants and spice building to a formidable tannin structure that is eventually softened by a long, velvet fruit finish. Silky toasted oak laced with cream, rounds out this juicy love affair! In a word, she’s totally marrying material.
Hoyt Family Wines Rose and Hazelnut Dark Chocolate
Lighthearted rendezvous: Not all Valentine’s pairings need to be super intense. Sophisticated and elegant, Hoyt Family Wines’ estate-grown pinot noir rosé shines with pearlescent pink romance. After all, not all love affairs come on hot and heavy at first blush. A splash of citrus and strawberry zest give this pairing an effortless flirtatiousness that feels organic. Accompany Hoyt Family Wine’s 2020 Rosé with hazelnut dark chocolates for a satisfying and playful nuttiness that can only lead to more. Think of this combo as the perfect first-date treat. No pressure, all the fun!
Seven Oxen Estate Wines Zinfandel Brandy and White Chocolate
Keep the brandy handy: If you’re looking to kick your Valentine’s date game up a notch, look no further than this smooth operator. Rooted in France and grown in Paso Robles, Seven Oxen Estate Wines injects a bit of “ooh la la” into your evening festivities. When paired with rich white chocolate, this gorgeous zinfandel brandy sings with soft, sweet affection. Burnt caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and pear dance on the palate, adding interest to white chocolate’s buttery sweetness. Need we say more? Go get ‘em, tiger!
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This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
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The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, locally-owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers. TOUR VIRTUALLY
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Enjoy time with your loved ones with a glass of wine while taking in the panoramic views of ONX Wines Certified Sustainable Estate Vineyard. Clark House is a five-bedroom, four-bathroom home that is a perfect escape for up to ten people. All five bedrooms offer views of the vines and are impeccably furnished to help you unwind from an exciting day of exploring the Paso Robles area.
The GENESEO INN is a luxury boutique hotel nestled in the rolling hills of Paso Robles wine country. Built of industrial shipping crates perched above the vines on CASS Winery’s 145 acres of vineyard, the experience truly allows you to “breathe in the vineyard views.”
Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®
Experience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at chic, sparkling clean Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR
Oxford Suites Paso Robles You’ll find that from our lobby, our on-site restaurant, to our meeting spaces, to our 101 spacious suites, every space is beautiful + functional as well as comfortable + chic.
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The Farmhouse at Pelletiere Estate is a modern & luxurious wine country retreat. Privately situated & surrounded by our estate vineyards, located just off Hwy46w on a very accessible country road, nestled in the heart of Paso Robles’ renowned Westside, just 6 miles to Paso’s downtown square. The Farmhouse offers stunning vineyard views from every angle, as well as a stylish yet cozy house you’re bound to fall in love with!