A very girly affair: Rosé wine and chocolate tasting

I love wine! And I wish I knew more about it than “I like this one” and “that one has a lot of tannins”. Therefore, I’m beyond thrilled that I’ve found a small wine import company here in Copenhagen (O.M. Nielsen Vinimport) that regularly hosts wine tastings in Frederiksberg. I’ve written about my first tasting focusing the color of wine, and last week I attended a second one. When I read the announcement, I knew I had to go: a rosé wine and chocolate pairing! I love rosé wines, especially in the summer I find them so amazing and versatile, to fish, a light salad, or some pasta on the balcony - my choice is a crisp and chilled rosé. I have to admit that I know shockingly little about them, so I went in the hopes of learning more, and, of course, taste it in combination with chocolate!



The setup was to taste seven different rosés, three of them sparkling (a champagne, a prosecco and a crémant). To each of the wines, we were to taste a hand-picked and hand-made-for-the-occasion chocolate - some were plain, others were filled, all were delicious! They were made by Chokolade-Hex who really did work some magic! You can also find her on Facebook.

I won’t go through all the seven pairings, but will highlight some of my favorites!

On top of the list and at the start of the tasting stood the Champagne Brut Rosé, paired with a simple milk chocolate. I loved the champagne. It was so elegant and refined, and it was not as complex as some champagnes can tend to be. It had a lovely peach color and was very fresh and light.

The next one was the Prosecco Brut Rosé Spumante, which was as girly and soft pink as they come. Unlike a lot of my fellow tasters, I didn’t think it was spectacular in itself, but I really did like the pairing with white chocolate, it fit very well with the sweet, soft, girlish theme.

Prosecco and white chocolate

Prosecco and white chocolate

I realize I said I wouldn’t go through each wine in detail, but I need to name the third one as well - a Crémant de Bourgogne, paired with an exquisite white chocolate praline with Campari filling. To be honest, I don’t like Campari, and I am a bit on the fence about chocolates with liquor filling, because I often find the liquor to be completely overwhelming, so it almost feels like you’re taking a shot! But these ones were amazing. You could definitely taste the bitter notes of the Campari, but the white chocolate amazingly balanced this out with its sweetness. It complemented the Crémant very well.

"Sensation" with milk chocolate and caramel

“Sensation” with milk chocolate and caramel

Three of the “flat” rosé wines were from the same wine maker, called “Seduction”, “Sensation” and “Prestige”. My favorite was the one above, “Sensation”, which was paired with a lovely caramel-filled milk chocolate praline. On of the wines came with glass corks, which everybody was dying to get their hands on (I have two of those from other wines, they are SO practical to re-seal bottles when you put them in the fridge!).

My absolute favorite chocolate was a delicious white chocolate triangle filled with elderflower - in Denmark, there is just no getting around their beloved “hyldeblomst”, especially in the summer. It can be a bit too sweet for me sometimes, but in this case the sweetness was offset with some tangy lime, which worked amazingly well. We paired it with the “Prestige”, but to be fair, I could probably eat an entire case of those babies on their own!


“Prestige” with white chocolate, elderflower and lime

The final wine was a complete eye-catcher, as it had a much deeper, almost red color, whereas all the previous ones had been soft peach/ rose/ pink colors. It was also the oldest one, a “Tavel” from 2010, and we fittingly paired it with a dark chocolate (50% cacao). It was quite spectacular, although not an everyday kind of wine. But if you want your guests to really remember an outstanding wine you served with dinner, this one is for you!

Tavel Rosé with dark chocolate

Tavel Rosé with dark chocolate

I find myself really enjoying these wine tasting events, and I’m already planning to go to the next one in 2 weeks! They have a number of events upcoming in June, including a Wine and Cheese Pairing and a Blind Tasting, so if you’re interested, check out their Facebook page. All tastings are held at Café Monellies in Frederiksberg and cost 250-300DKK.

(Note: I am not sponsored by O.M. Nielsen nor am I getting paid to attend the tastings or write about them. I pay for my attendance and what I write is my honest opinion. I did swipe one of the glass corks though.)

Wine tasting “The Color of Wine” at Café Monellies, Frederiksberg

Hello and happy weekend!

Yesterday, we had the great pleasure to attend a wine tasting at Café Monellies in Frederiksberg. I didn’t know Monellies before, but it certainly wasn’t the last time I went there. It’s one of those cute little places where the tables and chairs don’t match, and they have the most adorable colorful pictures with birds on the walls. The shelves are full with wine, coffee, chocolates, tea and other gift ideas, such as Jack Daniels whiskey fudge (must try this some time!). It’s a very cozy and friendly atmosphere. If you want to know more check out their homepage here: Café Monellies, Frederiksberg.

But now, the wine! I had found out about this event on MeetUp, and I was immediately interested. The idea was to learn more about what a wine’s color can teach you about the wine itself. There’s a reason that wine experts often do “blind tastings”, because the color of the wine can tell them almost everything they need to know! So the setup was that we were going to test two wines from the same region and the same grape, but of different ages and flavors, so we could dierctly compare the colors and what they meant for the wine’s age and taste. The event was hosted by the lovely Annai, who works for a Danish wine importer and is an absolute wine expert.

The event started out with a welcome drink, a rosé prosecco that had just arrived in Denmark - we were basically the first people in Denmark to taste it! We learned about the difference between proseccos (spumante and frizzante) and champagne (it’s all in the bubbles!) and were amazed at the fact that even though the prosecco was made from red grapes and therefore was a rosé, this didn’t show in the color at all! It looked like a regular white sparkling wine, but the smell (sorry, the nose!) and the aromas showed it actually was a rosé.

The Chardonnays:  Pouilly Fuisse Tradition 2011 (left) and Vielles Vignes 2008 (right)

The first comparison we had were two glasses of Chardonnay from Burgundy, France. They were even from the same vinyard and producer, but from different years (2008 and 2011). Their colors showed very nicely the spectrum for white wines: the 2011 was a typical yellow-ish color, while the 2008 shimmered golden, almost orange.

The 2011 was very fresh and had notes of minerals and citrus, whereas the 2008 was probably one of the most spectacular white wines I’ve ever tried. When I smelled and tasted it, I was initially reminded of red wine, and later Annai confirmed that they must have exposed the wine to the grape seeds, stems and skins, because it actually did have some tannins. It was absolutely delicious, and all participants were sad to hear that we had actually gotten the last box of this wine and that it is no longer available!

Pouilly Fuisse Vielles Vignes 2008 Chardonnay

Pouilly Fuisse Vielles Vignes 2008 Chardonnay

Next, we tasted a pair of reds, Pinot Noir, also from the Burgundy region. The younger one was a 2011 Gevrey Chambertin “Les Jeuns Rots” (left), the older one a 2008 Hautes Cotes de Nuits “Cuvée Maelie” (right). As the picture quite nicely shows, these two were very different in their colors as well:

The two Pinot Noirs from Burgundy

The two Pinot Noirs from Burgundy

While Pinot Noir is normally not a dark grape variety, the 2011 had a very saturated, purple-ish/ magenta color. We were taught that the older a wine gets, the easier it gets to read your paper through it - it was almost impossible with the 2011, but the 2008 was clear enough that you could actually read through it. Its color also went more towards a brick type of red. Both wines were delicious, but the 2008 was more my taste.

Finally, we sampled two different Tempranillos from Ribera del Duero, Spain. The first one was a 2011 Alidis Roble (left), the second one a 2009 Alidis Crianza. As you can see in comparison to the Pinot Noir, the Tempranillo grapes are much darker. These two wines were probably the most similar to each other in both color and taste.

The two Tempranillos from Ribera del Duero, Spain

The two Tempranillos from Ribera del Duero, Spain

We learned that the Spanish appelation is much simpler than the French one and is based on how long the wine has aged in the barrel: for a Roble, it’s at least 6 months, a Crianza has to age at least 14 months, a Reserva 18 months, and a Gran Reserva ages a minimum of 24 months in the barrel. While I did enjoy trying these two wines, I preferred the other reds - maybe Tempranillo is not my grape.

All in all, it was a great event, and I’ve been told that Annai frequently hosts these themed wine tastings. For example, there have been events on how to pair chocolate and wine in the past (can’t believe I missed that!), and there will be an event with tapas and Spanish wines coming up. If you’re interested in wines, check out the Copenhagen Wine Lovers’ Group on MeetUp!