Chocolate & Wine Pairing Google Hangout with Scharffen Berger Chocolate #UncorkChocolate + Giveaway

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Do you adore chocolate? Are you smitten with wine?

Even if you answered yes to both (and who wouldn’t?), you may not be sure how to combine these two loves… but we’re here to help you find the answer.

Join the KitchenParty Live Hangout on November 13th as we chat live with SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Expert Cy Olney about his favorite chocolate and wine pairings. He’ll answer your questions live and walk us through easy pairings you can recreate at home to the delight of your guests. The discussion will have something useful and inspiring for everyone – from the chocolate novice to the most seasoned sweet connoisseur.

Also Joining us are top food and wine bloggers: Elise Bauer (@SimplyRecipes), Nannette Eaton (@WineHarlots) and Amy Corron Power (@WineWonkette)

Don’t forget to check out our Giveaway at the end of this post!

KitchenParty is an interactive live-streaming web series that airs weekly on Google+. With each episode we bring celebrities in the culinary world to chat live with our audience (i.e., YOU!). The format of our show allows you to ask questions, share recipes and upload photos of your culinary creations. Co-hosted by +Babette Pepaj (founder of, TECHmunch Food Blogger Conference and and +Rene Lynch (LA Times reporter), KitchenParty was created to inspire even the most seasoned cook.

Want to join the pairing Hangout? Here’s how…

DATE & TIME: THURSDAY, November 13 @ 8:00PM EST / 5:00PM PST

RSVP on our G+ Page or simply bookmark this page and watch it live here!


  • Before the event: Leave a question about chocolate and wine on this event page.
  • Day of chat: Tune in Live! Join the conversation by posting a comment on this page or sending us a tweet using #UncorkChocolate and #kitchenparty
  • Can’t make the live show? RSVP today (or bookmark this page) and watch the video later! All our videos are archived so you can tune in when it’s convenient for you!

Here’s a list of the goodies we’ll be sampling:

Chocolate Wine Pairing

The Chocolate & Wine Pairings:

  • Ferrari-Carano 2013 Chardonnay – Sonoma County. (Retail $23) (Paired with Scharffen Berger 62% Semisweet)
  • Ferrari-Carano 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – Alexander Valley. Cab/Syrah/Petit Verdot. (Retail $34) (Paired with Scharffen Berger 70% Bittersweet)
  • Ferrari-Carano 2009 PreVail West Face – Alexander Valley. Cab/Syrah. Limited production. (Retail $55) (Paired with Scharffen Berger 82% Extra Dark)
  • Ferrari-Carano 2009 Eldorado Gold – Sonoma County. Botrytised Semillion. Limited production. (Retail $30 375ml) (Paired with Scharffen Berger 33% Toasted Coconut & Macadamia)

Learn more about Scharffen Berger:

Learn more about the vineyard:

This episode of Kitchenparty is sponsored by SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker. America’s first contemporary artisan chocolate manufacturer, SCHARFFEN BERGER set out to craft the richest, most flavorful chocolate by sourcing the best cacao in the world, blending it in small batches, and gently processing it to maintain the subtle flavors in the beans.

Upcoming Shows: THURS 11/20: Live chat, cooking demo & Recipe Contest Kick-off with Chef Floyd Cardoz (“Top Chef Masters” winner and Culinary Consultant on The Hundred-Foot Journey (out on Blu-ray and Digital HD on Dec 2)

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But wait there’s more!

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During the live chat we’ll be giving away two QuickSilver Special Edition Corkscrew Sets. There are two ways to win a set:

  1. Leave a comment on our Blog post (see comment section below – login with any of your social sites)
  2. Participate in our live chat (e.g. post a comment on our G+ page and/or send us a tweet using #uncorkchocolate and #kitchenparty (you can use the twitter box above to post a comment.

Two winners will be chosen at random. You can enter as many times as you like.


  • For a chance to win, you must complete one of the tasks above (leave a comment oon our blog post here or on our G+ event page for this hangout or post a tweet using our hashtag)
  • You must have a valid U.S. based mailing address to ship product to
  • You must reply to winner announcement within two weeks.
  • Any entry in this giveaway that does not comply with the TOS will be disqualified (e.g. pornography, bad language, etc.)
  • No purchase necessary to win
  • Winners are selected at random – by entering the giveaway by means guarantees you will win.

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  1. Lynda McMillen

    November 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    This will be my first KitchenParty – can\’t wait!

    • Babette @BakeSpace

      November 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Lynda! Looking forward to having you!

  2. The Moon Muse

    November 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Just subject is right up my alley. Hoping to step out of work for a bit and catch the live version.

    • Babette @BakeSpace

      November 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      The Moon Muse.. how\’s Alaska? In LA it\’s 75 degrees… (is that showing off)… however you do have nice glaciers! Hope to come visit you and your awesome bakery soon!

  3. Gary

    November 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    When tasting wine with chocolate should the wine be spit out or drank with the chocolate which is why we pair it and what are we looking for in that pairing.

    • Babette @BakeSpace

      November 13, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Gary … we drank… which is why we probably got a bit tipsy. 🙂 Cy said we should try the wine, then let the chocolate melt in our mouths. So I think it\’s more about getting the flavors of the wine and then battling out the flavor of the chocolate – not really drinking them at the same time. 🙂

      • FigTales

        November 14, 2014 at 11:53 am

        A bit tipsy… 😉

  4. Gary

    November 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Is chocolate wine pairing only for red wines? Can it be also done with white wines?

    • Babette @BakeSpace

      November 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Gary – we tried a chardonnay with Semisweet 62% and an Eldarado Gold Dessert Wine with the Coconut and Macadamia chocolate – OMG.. that was to die for. I think the key is milk and lighter chocolate with whites — darker chocolate as the wine gets heavier.

  5. Peaceful Cooking Danielle Nichols

    November 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    learned so much from this show! I never would\’ve thought wine and chocolate would go so well together!

    • Babette @BakeSpace

      November 13, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Me too!!!! Seriously Danielle.. get that last pairing. It will blow your mind.

  6. FigTales

    November 14, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Such a great night! Thanks for always entertaining us as you teach us!

    • Babette @BakeSpace

      November 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      @figtales it was fun for us too! Although every nice since I have been topping off the evening with a little chocolate & wine. 🙂 Might need to stop that soon. LOLOL