A perfect Valentine's treat for the wine and chocolate lover in your life. Let us know if you prefer red, white, or bubbly, and we will pair it with a special serving of Brix pairing chocolate. Presented in a wine bag with tissue and a custom gift tag with your special message to your sweetheart, this gift is sure to make your Valentine's Day extra special!
Dr. Nick Proia, an Ohio pulmonologist, developed Brix when it became obvious to him that no chocolate on the market paired well with wine. Nick and his colleagues would get together monthly to share a few great bottles, and friends would usually bring an appropriate cheese to enjoy with their favorite red. It seemed foolish to Dr. Proia to eat fat-laden cheeses, after dinner, while trying to benefit from the health effects of wines.
Instead, Dr. Proia decided to try out pairing dark chocolate and wine, and after trying all different varieties and “strengths” , he could find no happy medium. Either the chocolate was too much like eating candy, or it was so bitter and complex that it dominated the wine.
After a good deal of trial and error, Dr. Proia crafted the blends of what would later be called Brix – the first chocolate specifically blended to compliment wine. At the root of Brix is single origin Ghanaian Chocolate, known for its unique red fruit tones, mixed with the highest quality confectionery chocolate. The result is a blend so pure in flavour that it actually enhances those nuances found in great wines, without confusing the palate.
Brix Smooth Dark Chocolate has a cacao content of 54% and pairs with sweet or sparkling wines and medium-bodied reds. Suggested Pairings: Champagne, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Vintage Port
The Extra Dark Chocolate has a cacao content of 70% and offsets the massive tannins in full-bodied red wines. Suggested Pairings: Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Barolo, Malbec; Alternative Pairings: Brandy, Cognac, Armagnac
The Medium Dark Chocolate has a cacao content of 60% and enhances fruit forward wines. Suggested Pairings: Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chianti, Rhone
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