One of my fondest memories of the winery when I was young was the wine filled chocolates my dad had in the winery. A few times a year, he would send down a case of his sparkling wine and a case of Pinot Noir, to a company in California that would make wine-filled chocolates. You might be thinking of those lame gift boxes that pop up around the holidays with all types of liqueur filled in plastic-tasting chocolate bottles. But these were different. The chocolate was rich, and the shell was somehow crafted to hold the perfect amount of wine. Even as a kid I enjoyed them! (And no, it’s not like I could snack on these all of the time- reserved for special occasions only!).
While I still yearn for those wine-filled chocolates, at least I have Pinterest to satisfy creativity cravings when searching for wine desserts reimagined. If you’re looking for inspiration to impress guests at your next dinner party, or simply for the perfect dessert to spoil your significant other, here are some ultra creative (but still easy!) recipes to get you started.
1. Red Wine Marshmallows with Dark Chocolate Wine Ganache via the Pike Place Kitchen
Homemade marshmallows are so simple but often overlooked in the dessert world. And dipping them in wine-infused dark chocolate ganache? Holy moly, I can’t imagine a better treat.
This would be amazing made with a good bottle of Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon (drink the rest of the bottle with dessert, of course!)
2. Red Wine Hot Chocolate via Wholefully
Let me repeat. Red. Wine. Hot. Chocolate. Need I say more? Want to take this cup of joy to the next level? Serve with the above marshmallows dipped in red wine chocolate ganache. Move over, Martha.
Make with a fruit-forward wine like our 2012 Zinfandel
3. Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles from Well Plated
Chocolate truffles and red wine are a common pairing for dessert and are always a great starting point. These truffles made with red wine are a natural progression of the standard go-to box of truffles. The recipe below calls for dusting the truffles in cocoa powder but I also think they’d be delicious with a sprinkle of homemade red wine sea salt instead.
Make them with our 2014 David’s Tableau Vivant
4. Pavlova with Red Wine Cherry Compote via Cooks With Cocktails
Now, this might look complicated but we think the author sums this dessert up perfectly; “Say you are having a dinner party and you bring this puppy out for dessert. It looks impressive and like you really know what you’re doing, but if you can beat eggs in a mixer, stir some sugar and cherries together with wine in a pot, and whip some cream to top it all off then you can make this dessert.”
But clearly the red wine cherry compote is the star of the show, and could be easily translated to a sauce for some vanilla bean ice cream, or to drizzle over a fresh batch of brownies or blondies. I mean, who doesn’t love cherry sauce on any dessert, with or without red wine?
Make with an Oregon Pinot Noir to really enhance the cherry notes in the sauce.
5. German Riesling Apple Cake via Foodal
Nothing screams fall dessert than this cake (okay maybe there are a few…million pumpkin dessert recipes floating around out there that are also very fall-inspired). Boasting two pounds of fresh apples, this dessert is a perfect substitute for an apple pie. Don’t have a German Riesling on hand? This cake would taste pretty great with our 2015 Pinot Gris.
6. Citrus Scented White Wine Cake with Berries from Vegetarian Times
There’s something about a simple white cake topped with berries that just makes my heart sing. Maybe it’s that these desserts are typically reserved for long summer nights when fresh berries are in season. Or maybe it’s the simple dessert, light enough to be enjoyed without needing to be rolled home, but sweet and satisfying enough to make you feel like you really had dessert. Either way, this cake sounds delicious. And during the months when fresh berries aren’t in season, I bet this would be just as delicious with some wine-infused berry compote from (gasp) frozen berries.
7. Red Wine Chiffon Cake via Sprinkle Bakes
Okay I admit, most of the reason why I shared this recipe was because of the adorable cork candles. How cute are those things? Regardless, this cake sounds like the perfect marriage of all things chocolate and wine for you foodies out there. Light, fluffy chocolate cake blended with the best qualities of your favorite red wine. I recommend the same as the baker used, a good Pinot Noir to stick with the light and fluffy personality of the cake.
Tell us, what dessert recipe would you incorporate wine into next time you break out the flour and sugar? Let us know in the comments!
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Pinot Noir is one of the wines that truly highlights the location and conditions in which the grapes were grown. What our founder David referred to as the “Wine of Kings”, Pinot Noir is delicate and nuanced. It’s enjoyment can be as simple or as complex as you’d like, either enjoying the sweet nature of the wine and the ease of drinking, or delving into the nose and palette, dissecting wines from vineyards just a few miles from one another. Oregon Pinot Noir is no exception to this.
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While Pinot Noir grapes can be successfully grown in few places around the world, those where it can be grown, notably Bordeaux and Northern California made names for themselves long before the Oregon Wine Industry became established. So what exactly sets Oregon Pinot Noir apart from its Californian and French counterparts? It starts with the soil, geography, and climate of the Willamette Valley.
Many agree that Oregon Pinot Noir can be generally described as fruity, slightly more acidic than a California Pinot, moderate in tannins, and moderate in richness. Oregon Pinots are known for embodying aromas and tastes reminiscent of black cherry, ripe raspberry, dried blueberry and raisin, with hints of earthiness like cedar and pine, and, at times, hints of cinnamon, vanilla or tobacco leaf. Oregon Pinot Noir is nuanced, subtle, they aren’t typically bold and fruit-forward like their counterparts from around the world and Laurel Ridge Pinot Noir is no different.
If you’re interested in trying our Pinot we, of course, would love to see you in our Tasting Room, but if you can’t make it down, here’s a guide to our Pinot Noir.
Have a friend that doesn’t like red wine? Get them to try this. Interested in getting into the world of Pinot Noir yourself? This is an excellent place to w(h)et your toes (er, palette?). It expresses characteristics of a true Oregon Pinot Noir- notes of black raspberry and cherry cola are dominant on the palate. This user-friendly Pinot Noir easily enjoyed with a variety of farm-to-table style meals or to enjoy in a glass on its own.
You might not be too familiar with the term “Barrel Select” when it comes to Pinot Noir, or any wine for that matter. That’s because it’s a term our founder, David Teppola, started to use many years ago when he wanted to highlight the best of each vintage of wine through the bottle. He started tasting every single barrel of Pinot Noir, and selecting 3-4 of his absolute favorites. He then reserved these few barrels for their own bottling and voilà, you have a Barrel Select Pinot Noir.
Our 2014 Barrel Select Pinot Noir is an ephemeral snapshot of the 2014 in a wine. 2014 was a warmer year, and the barrels our winemaker selected exhibit darker characteristics than typical of an Oregon Pinot. Rather than notes of cherry and raspberry, this bottle is dominant in darker berries like blueberry and blackberry. The body of the wine is luscious and sultry. This is the perfect wine to cellar (if you can wait, that is!) and would be unreal after 4-5 years (cellarable up to 7).
Our Reserve label is, well, reserved for wines intended for collectors and those looking to build their wine library. Our rare and unique 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir is from only two barrels of our 2014 vintage and is stand-out due to spending more time in new French oak before going to bottle. This isn’t a wine that you don’t come across often- and one that we do not sell beyond our tasting room (and website, of course). Grapes are from the Chehalem Mountains Sub-Appellation of the Willamette Valley AVA.
On the nose, this elegant and bold Pinot Noir exudes delicate violet and rose petal with a touch of cinnamon. The robust palate leads with cranberry and black cherry, fading to rich notes of truffle and mushroom. As with any collectors bottle, we encourage cellaring of these bottles for up to 7 years.
As always, a good glass of Pinot Noir tastes better when shared with good company and we hope to share a glass with you in our tasting room soon. Cheers!
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