#WineNotWedneday combines two of my greatest loves: wine and wit. And I may have added in my third favourite thing, chocolate, to kick start this recipe archive and tall tales.
For Christmas last year, I got one of my best friends a gift certificate to go on a wine tour in the beautiful Niagara Wine Country. Unfortunately for us, the winery (which shall remain nameless) forgot about our booking and didn’t have the time or space for us. They offered us a cheese board as a sorry – I love cheese and wine as much as the next basic, but this is not what I had signed up for. After a change in tone, the winery set up and paid for us to attend a wine testing and tour at another nearby winery: Kacaba Winery. Kacaba Winery was absolutely phenomenal; from their award winning wines to their informed, hilarious and extremely charming tour guides they turned what started out as a bust to one of the best days of the summer! Their grounds were absolutely stunning and all of their employees had such a love and passion for the winery, it was contagious. I have been to quite a few wineries in the Niagara area, and Kacaba is certainly situated in my Top 3!
When I left (with multiple award-winning bottles of wine in my hand), I knew I had to pay homage to this amazing winery. Alas…
Dark Chocolate Kacaba Cabernet Sauvignon
Adapted from Well Plated by Erin
• 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips ; 1/4 cup for drizzle
• 1/2 cup whipped cream
• 4 tablespoons Kacaba Cabernet Sauvignon (2011 Reserve)
• 3 teaspoons Sugar Powdered Sugar
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• Cocoa powder, for sprinkling dusting
- Place chocolate in bowl
- Bring whipped cream to a boil in sauce pan. Pour over chocolate.
- Stir chocolate until melted then stir in wine, sugar, and vanilla.
- Cover and set in fridge overnight.
- Roll a table spoon of stabilized ganache into a ball and sprinkle with cocoa powder. Melt chocolate for drizzle.
- Keep truffles refrigerated.