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Chocolate and Wine Pairing for Valentine’s Day

online gourmet food marketValentine’s Day is on the horizon, which makes it the perfect time to visit our Sacramento gourmet food store to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Or if you prefer to purchase gourmet groceries on our website, we’ve got an array of online gourmet food that will provide for an awesome romantic evening for you and your partner.

A Perfect Valentine's Evening

Gourmet food and wine is a no-brainer for setting up the perfect Valentine’s evening. Try a pairing of chocolate and wine—they are natural companions as they both have complex flavors and notes, as well as similar components and nuances. You can follow the same type of process as you would if you were doing a wine or chocolate pairing individually. We have everything you need at our store or in our online gourmet food market.

To get started with pairing these gourmet food and wine items, here are a few easy-to-follow guidelines. You’ll want to pair lighter chocolates with lighter wines and darker chocolates with full-bodied wines. In the session itself, you’ll want to start with light and move towards dark in your tasting sessions.

Ideal Pairings

The best pairings for semi-sweet chocolate include Zinfandel, Tawny Port, Syrah, Armagnac and Cognac. Perfect matches for darker chocolates include well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir or Sangiovese reds. You can also try a Merlot, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc, and note that dessert wines are other great matches for darker chocolate. 

A cool thing about pairing these types of gourmet groceries is that darker wines and darker chocolates are packed with antioxidants, which are lauded for their benefits against disease and for anti-aging. Antioxidants are molecules that fight and neutralize the oxidants and free radicals that enter our body from smoke inhalation, pollution, overexposure to sun, alcohol, eating fatty foods and exposure to radiation levels. Who knew that such an indulgent evening could be so beneficial to our health?

Come in and sample some of our gourmet groceries to find all the perfect elements for your Valentine’s day chocolate and wine pairing.

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Balsamic Vinegar—the Ultimate in Gourmet Food and Wine

Balsamic vinegar can make the most out of so many gourmet food and wine specialties. The delicious flavor enhancements it offers, coupled with the many health benefits it brings to the table makes it an absolute staple of any gourmet grocery pantry. What other food item is a natural disinfectant that is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and phosphorus? It’s good for the cardiovascular system and is low in sodium, fat and cholesterol.

Whether you’re an online cuisine aficionado or simply like to dabble, it takes some knowledge to use balsamic to its fullest, most delicious potential. While it can be paired with a wide variety of items and prepared many ways, there are some standard guidelines that can help make it easy to use balsamic with an array of gourmet food and wine.

Making the Most of Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic should never be boiled, in order to preserve its unique aroma, and should be added to gourmet grocery items in small quantities. It’s best served cold, and is typically drizzled over foods in small amounts. For serving at the table, it’s best to have a small decanter.

There is a variety of specialty grocery items that balsamic can be paired with. It’s amazing with duck breast or pate, Carpaccio, fish, meat, beef, parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano and pumpkin soup. It’s even great as a dessert when drizzled over ice cream or ripe fruit. There are also quite a few cocktails that can be made with balsamic—martinis are a great example.

Where to Buy the Best Balsamic Vinegar

Choosing balsamic from an online gourmet food store is just as safe as buying it in a store. Most brands of balsamic have an infinite shelf life, even once opened. It should be stored at room temperature—not in the refrigerator.

Visit this link to brose our online selection of gourmet food and wine to find the best balsamic vinegar.