Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gearharts Fine Fine Chocolate- New Treats and Wine Pairing Events

Tim Gearhart, creating the confections
As cool weather settles in folks tend to start craving these delicate chocolate confections all the more, and Gearharts has come up with some nice ways to satisfy that sweet  tooth.  Last week, Shannon and I were lucky enough to be invited to a wine and chocolate pairing at Gearharts Chocolates.  We have loved this local chocolatier for a long time- we've even visited the flagship shop in Charlottesville.  Several local bloggers were invited for the pairing- wines from J. Emerson and chocolate treats were made right in front of us.
Wine pairings courtesy of J. Emerson
We chatted with friends and watched eagerly as figs, candied orange peels and local apples were dipped and spiced and matched expertly with dessert wines.  The reason for this outing was to learn about Gearhart's plans to open their Libbie Ave. shop for private parties to enjoy their own wine and chocolate pairing events.  We couldn't think of a nicer way to spend a bit of a crisp fall evening or a fun addition to holiday celebrations.  Contact their shop for more information.

Candied orange peels with chilies, pine nuts and dark chocolate
Chai spiced pecan
While the importance of maintaining absolute freshness of the handmade chocolate truffles prevents them from being sold outside of their own shop, Gearharts has created a line of products that can be sold elsewhere.  Their chocolate bars, spiced pecans and drinking chocolates are sold in several local groceries.

beautiful bars
Drinking chocolate with chilies and orange
Gearharts is an incredibly special artisan food shop in Richmond.   Their inventive flavors like Michigan cherry, cardamom and earl grey will make you fall in love with chocolate all over again.  Why wait for a holiday?  Show Gearharts and someone special some love today!

1 comment:

  1. I can't think of any combination more delicious or seductive than chocolate with dessert wine. It is sweet and perfect for the fall season to warm you up inside and make you feel better about saying farewell to the summer.