By Kelly Grace Thomas, Edible Skinny
Parrish Family Vineyard was Paso's perfect place to pamper your taste buds during a girls’ getaway. With an intimate tasting room located in Paso’s charming downtown, Parrish offers everything a girl could want: chocolate, cheese and (you guessed it) wine. Not to mention the close proximity to great shopping and sensational restaurants.
While the choice between chocolate and cheese is a tough one or any gal, we simply couldn’t pass up Parrish’s delectable duo that pairs decadent wines with locally handcrafted crafted chocolates. And what a divine sipping experience.
We sampled Parrish Family Vineyards 7 wine tasting ( 3 whites and 4 reds which includes Silken and & Estate Cabernet Sauvignon for $12) & with a seven chocolate pairings crafted from the Chocolate Stache ($10) Each chocolate was created and crafted to bring out added accents and aromas, to deepen the complexity of flavors.
Below is a list of some of our favorites:
--The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc paired with white chocolate and nectarines. This is the perfect summer pairing for those sweltering days. Light and brights the Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of white peaches with hints of guava, coconut shavings, and gardenia. It is a refreshing wine with beautiful notes of grapefruit, apricots, cara cara oranges throughout the palate and emanates honey into the lingering finish. This white chocolate and Sauv Blanc combo is bright and light, a perfect hint touch of dessert after a heavier meal.
--The 2016 Estate Rose paired with Chocolate: A’ La Manzana was picnic perfection. Great for summer days this Grenache Rosé has a delicate nose of rose petals and bubble gum. Its palate also opens with hints of strawberries, hibiscus, with soft notes of stone fruit.
--The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a Fig & Pistachio Dark chocolate was luscious luxury. With boysenberry and hints of suede and sandalwood, blackberry and a touch of coffee, the rich and velvety chocolate paired perfectly with this deep and balanced Cabernet.
--The 2012 Silken paired with Lavender Espresso Dark Chocolate was by far our favorite “treat yourself” combo. It was the equivalent of silk pajamas for your palate, a perfect pampering. The Silken blend at 60% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Petite Sirah has notes of dark berries, plum, and hints of black pepper. It also accompanies with smooth, sumptuous blackberry and hints of cocoa that lingers on the finish. The Silken has ranked 93 points with Wine Enthusiast, and a Gold Medal at San Francisco International Wine Competition and Silver Medal at Orange County Fair Wine Competition.