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Napa Winery Takes Chocolate-and-Wine Pairing to the Extreme

Daniel Sogg
Posted: January 29, 2000

A whole case of Zinful Love might sound excessive, but Napa Valley's Goosecross Cellars hopes that its chocolate-covered 1997 Zinfandel could be on the mark for Valentine's Day.

The Yountville, Calif., winery, founded in 1985, first came up with the idea of coating a wine bottle with chocolate last spring. "We've been doing food-and-wine pairing for years," said Colleen Topper, director of public relations and hospitality at the winery. "We asked a friend of ours who has her own chocolate shop, 'What can we do with wine and chocolate that's unique?' "

The Goosecross Zinfandel bottles are shrink-wrapped and then dipped three times in milk chocolate -- but due to regulatory requirements, the label remains visible.

The product, which sells for $40 a bottle, has been a particular hit with honeymooners, said Topper. No official word from the winery on how best to remove the chocolate.

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For past news on Goosecross:

  • June 17, 1997
    Napa Valley's Goosecross Cellars Acquires Bernard Pradel Cellars' Cabernets

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