Thank you to our official chocolate sponsor of the 20th Annual Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend, February 11 & 12, 2017!
High-end confectioner, Brix Chocolate, is generously donating the commemorative chocolate treats that event attendees will be receiving. For the fifth year in a row, Brix Chocolate has the distinguished privilege of serving as the only chocolate sponsor of Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend in 20 years.
Brix Chocolate was created by Dr. Nick Proia, M.D., an Ohio pulmonologist and wine connoisseur who was seeking an alternative to cheese and wine pairings. Dr. Proia tested all of the major chocolates on the market, but found none that were suitable for pairing with wine – the lighter chocolates were too sweet and the darker chocolates were too bitter, both overpowering the wine in unique ways.
After a great deal of trial and error, Dr. Proia developed the four Brix blends we enjoy today, and enlisted the expertise of wine makers and sommeliers in Napa Valley to provide suggested wine pairings for each variety of chocolate:
Brix Extra Dark Chocolate (70%): The boldest of the Brix blends, the high cacao content offsets the massive tannins found in full-bodied red wines. Suggested pairings include Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Barolo and Malbec (may also be enjoyed with Brandy, Cognac and Armagnac). Buy now.
Brix Medium Dark Chocolate (60%): The most versatile of the Brix blends, the moderate-high cacao content and semi-sweet flavor enhances fruit forward wines. Suggested pairings include Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chianti and Rhone. Buy now.
Brix Smooth Dark Chocolate (54%): With a soft yet structured composition, the moderate cacao content pairs well with sweet or sparkling wines and medium-bodied red wines. Suggested pairings include Champagne (or sparkling wine), Riesling, Pinot Noir and Vintage Port. Buy now.
Brix Milk Chocolate (46%): With a soft and creamy composition, the flavor and texture complements dessert wines and lighter red wines. Suggested pairings include Rose, Port, Sherry, Burgundy and Dessert Wines. Buy now.