Entrepreneur Joe Woerly has an idea: Chocolate bars, flavored with wine. It’s unclear where the flavors come from — actual wine, or just flavors inspired by wine — but the chocolate is from Venezuela and comes in a variety of cocoa levels.
In advance of Woerly’s Kickstarter campaign (see link below) to get the word out about his product, we tried all three flavors.
Vineyard Chocolates Cabernet Flavored Dark Chocolate – 73.5% cocoa. Nicely bittersweet, with notes of blackberry, coffee, and a hint of licorice. A little grainy, but fairly well balanced.
Vineyard Chocolates Merlot Flavored Dark Chocolate – 61% cocoa. Unlike the more fruit-focused cabernet flavor, this version tastes more clearly like merlot wine, with merlot’s iconic violet notes plus a touch of strawberry. Probably my favorite of the bunch.
Vineyard Chocolates Chardonnay Flavored White Chocolate – 34% cocoa. Gooey white chocolate, indistinctly flavored with some fig and orange character. The finish isn’t altogether on this one, but that might be a prejudice against white chocolate.