Yes it’s great our local cideries and wineries are celebrating “Red Wine and Chocolate Weekends” Feb 11-12 and 18-19, but… we got to thinking, who supplies the chocolate and wine Monday thru Friday??? Valentines day after all is on a TUESDAY! Have no fear — we have you covered! We’ve brought in some new exciting chocolate items in addition to our standby favorites and Heidi has marked 4 guaranteed romantic wines 10% off! Read further for the full mouthwatering run-down.
Anca Hasson of “Pastry Design by Anca” in Port Townsend continues to crank out the most delicious sweets. Her bestselling eclairs are one of the linchpins that keep “the Corner” in business. I tried the nut tart for the first time and was delighted to find a marzipan-like filling! The cookies of course, especially the chocolate shortbread, are always a sure bet.
Candace of Uptown Catering in Port Townsend always pleases with her cakes and cookies, but for Valentines Day she has brought in something new — Brandy Chocolate Pots! Cream, butter, eggs, brandy and bittersweet chocolate. What’s not to like? And is that cream cheese I see beneath the chocolate frosting on her dark chocolate cake???
Roxanne Hudson of SpringRain Farm in Chimacum makes this raspberry chocolate sauce which is fast becoming a local favorite. The raspberries and honey that flavor the chocolate come from their organic farm. She does not use sugar in any of preserves, just honey. Your honey will love it!
Jennifer Michele of Port Townsend, is an Oregon trained chef and who makes super special unusual confections. Her passion lies in pairing savory and sweet. The Star Anise Peppercorn White Chocolate Bark is unbelievably stupendous — fabulous texture and taste! Can’t afford gold jewelry? This gold gilded candy at under $5 will definitely do.
Jim Queen of “Chocolate Serenade” in Sequim has also brought in some special items for Valentines day! In addition to his salted, dark, and nut caramels, he is making heart shaped truffles filled with his most popular chocolate filling. Handmade and tempered using couveture chocolate from Belgium, these are the real deal. Buy a box for your sweetie and then a couple extra for yourself!
David and Julie McCulloch of Elevated Ice Cream and Candy in Port Townsend are also sharing their goods with Chimacum — chocolate covered cherries and toffees, berry chews, and “Blind Love” ice cream, their darkest richest chocolate. Mmmmm.
As promised, Heidi has picked out 4 wines which will all be marked down 10% through Feb 14 — a white, a pink, a red, and then one bubbly.
Dowsett Gewurztraminer – white
Often called the best Gewurztraminer made in Washington State, Wine Press Northwest magazine rated this wine Outstanding. We’re lucky to have it at the Farmstand. Chris only made 173 cases. This dry refreshing wine pairs well with spicy Thai, fresh seafood, or just a glass and some hard cheese.
Juliet’s Dazzle – rose
A nice dry (and romantic!) clear red Washington rosé produced from Pinot Gris grapes. The grapes were mascerated and fermented like a red wine with skins on, giving the wine it’s sole source of color as in traditional Provence rosés. Dazzle would compliment fruit salads, lemon bars, fruit pies, rich and creamy cheeses, Asian-influenced dishes, as well as delicate chicken and seafood dishes.
Fidelitas – M100 – red
Made by acclaimed Washington winemaker Charlie Hoppes in honor of his grandmother who passed away at 100 in 2005. M100 is great blend made up of 39% Malbec, 33% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. A great match for tomato-based dishes, like pizza or pasta marinara, while the richer tones compliment steak or pork dishes.
Argyle Brut – bubbles
A consistently highly rate northwest sparkling wine – the Argyle Brut is a blend of about two-thirds Chardonnay and one-third Pinot Noir grown grapes. This wine can be paired with any romantic or celebratory occasion. Goes well with seafood, poultry or a nice blue or triple cream cheese.