Irregular Verbiage
from the desk of Colin Nicholls

Death By Chocolate

April 13, 2008 14:03 by colin

I've been so busy recently that I haven't been thinking about posting here. Well, here's a report from the end of February.

With J and A living in Napa we occasionally hear about food-related things that interest us. This time it was that COPIA, the American Center for Wine, Food, and The Arts was holding their annual Wine and Chocolate Tasting, billed as "Death By Chocolate: The Ultimate Chocolate Festival". Naturally, we were interested.

We drove up to Napa with a couple of co-worker/friends from China, thinking they would enjoy the drive (and the chocolate) and possibly get to meet up with J and A who were also planning on being there.

Alas, the weather was grey with odd spots of rain but it was still fun and the chocolate was delicious.



The wine-tasting part was frustrating for a couple of reasons. One was that the various chocolates on offer were overpowering for the most part, that I never felt I was appreciating the full flavor of the wine.

Another was than I'm not used to wine tasting - I know you are supposed to taste and spit and to be honest, there wasn't a lot of spit-receptacles available and this place was crowded. I don't think they were really set up for the formal taste-and-spit process. Best you could do was sip, taste, then spit discreetly back into your glass at which point you had to make your way through the crowd to the nearest "wet trash" bin. So I stopped sampling the wine and focused on the chocolate.

One thing I really wish: 1) that I had discovered the Port Wine vendors upstairs sooner, and 2) that I didn't have to drive us home.

The variety of chocolate goods on display was quite astounding, including icecream and also some gluten-free chocolate souffles which were very delicious and reminded me of my numerous gluten-intolerant relatives (as well as my own history). I meant to take down the details of the vendor but I seem to have misplaced my notes. Darn.

The other product that sticks in my mind are Jade Chocolates. These were quite special.


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