THE VALENTINE'S DAY KOKO - NEST PAIRING MENU
Koko Chocolates is a local Ottawa chocolate company, owned and operated by the warm and lovely Jen Winter, ‘a self-proclaimed chocolate snob’ [as stated on the Koko website]. Koko has been in business since 2008, taking the city by storm and becoming a household name synonymous with decadence. We met Jen and her truffles during our wedding project, and Jordan hasn’t let Jen out of her sight since. With Valentine’s Day rolling around, I know that Jordan doesn’t like to receive gifts or tokens on that day…however, she would never turn down Koko truffles. From that knowledge sprung the idea: I would create a wine pairing menu to go with Koko’s fantastic flavours. With Jen on board, and Jordan happy to help with the tasting, we’ve done our homework, and now present you with the Valentine’s Day Koko-Nest pairing menu.
I chose to pair a series of truffles with one white, one red, and one rosé wine, allowing you to choose your chocolates based on your wine colour preference…or vice versa. Showing up at your sweetie’s door with one perfect bottle of wine and the accompanying truffles will impress him/her to no end.
Note: each wine has a VIN number. VIN is specific to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario—this number isn’t relevant for people outside of the province.
BRIAN’S CLOSING THOUGHTS
Chocolate has always gone well with wine. If you haven’t had a chance to try them together, buy a couple bottles of wine and some premium chocolates (we obviously recommend Koko) and experiment. Don’t feel embarrassed to read the back of the bottle: usually there are some key, simple tasting notes there for you. Look for wines that have a strong flavour but aren’t overly sweet—don’t hide the flavours of the chocolate behind, say, an ice wine. Because really in the end, the chocolate is the star of the show.
Koko Chocolates are available at Thyme & Again, Viva Loca, The Red Apron, and The Candy Store, all in Ottawa…or they can be ordered online. If you’re in Ottawa this weekend, Jen will be at the Urban Craft show this Saturday—perfect timing for Valentine’s Day, or Anti-Valentine’s Day, as we like to celebrate. Hell, just buy them because it’s any day; they’re the kind of thing I keep hidden in the closet for my next marital faux-pas.
You can keep in touch with Koko Chocolates:
-at their website
Chocolate photo's from kokochocolates.ca