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On this week’s audio podcast. Chocolate and wine! The ideal couple. Start a love affair this Valentine’s Day!

We have a terrific  show lined up for you today. It may be a little chilly out there but guess what? We’re going to heat things up a little here today and warm our hearts talking about  passion, and romance and wine and chocolate! Why? Because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Today we pay homage to February 14th, the most romantic day of the year. 

We have all the bases covered with our esteemed guests, from a special bottle of wine, to delectable truffles, a unique and delicious chocolate “spirit” and to love and loving relationships.

Listen to EPISODE 79 here.

And that is where we’re going to start, with amour, with our first guest. 
She is an international speaker, television personality, an educator and entertainer and she has a PHD in Sexual Health Education. Plus she is a relationship expert, she is Jessica O’Reilly, Dr. Jess, The Sex Doctor. Dr. Jess is here to fill us in on some do’s and don’ts for your Valentine. Some tips on keeping your relationship real and connected!

Oh and if you don’t have a Valentine this year, tips on enjoying this special day anyways! Love Dr. Jess’s approach. We watched a few of her videos. Definitely some awesome advice, for the new relationships yes, but also for the ones that have stood the test of time! 

Listen to Dr. Jess on the audio podcast here. (5:26 minutes in the show)

Research shows the top 5 craved things across the board is…

CHOCOALATE!!!
Proprietor Ingrid Laderach Steven joins us from Swiss-Master Chocolatier

Our second guest will know that better than anyone. She is Ingrid Laderach Steven, Swiss Master Chocolatier extraordinaire. Ingrid founded her store the Swiss Master Chocolate Boutique, 33 years ago and has been pleasing chocolate lovers with her stunning authentic Swiss chocolates ever since.

Fans include the likes of NASA astronauts and President Clinton! Ingrid to fill us in the different kinds of chocolate. Why is Swiss chocolate considered the best? Is it really an aphrodisiac? 

 That is the the $64,000 dollar question! 

Listen to Ingrid Laderach on the audio podcast here. (18.55 minutes in the show)

Georgia's Wine Pick. Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015
Georgia’s Wine Pick. Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015

We’d now like to welcome from the glorious romantic region of Tuscany,  Senore Duccio Dogi, Senore Duccio is the Sales manager for the producer Fattorio Viticcio. They have been producing wine for over 45 years among the rolling green hills of Tuscan wine country in Greve in Chianti between the historic and enchanting cities of Florence and Siena

Duccio Dogi
Senore Duccio Dogi, Export Manager Fattorio Viticcio.

Today Fattorio Viticcioboasts 120 hectares of estate owned vineyards among the hills in Chianti Classico and Maremma. Senore Duccio is here to tell us more about this stunning region, and the beautiful wines Viticcio produces  including a very special release for Valentines Day!

Listen to Duccio Dogi on the audio podcast here. (38.00 minted in the show)

Just released in Vintages Feb 2, 2018. $19.95 per bottle.
Just released in Vintages Feb 2, 2018. $19.95 per bottle.

New Vintages Release… Feb 2, 2019…Viticcio Morellino di Scansano – Georgia’s Wine Pick

Patrick Fee, Vice President Marketing, McCormick Distilling.

And in our final segment we’ll turn our attention to still on a chocolate note, but in an absolutely decadent spirit. It is the 360 Double Chocolate Vodka!!!  And it is so delish. It is produced by McCormick Distilling, which is the planets first eco-friendly vodka.

To tell us all about it we’ll chat with Vice President of Marketing McCormick Distilling Patrick Fee.  

Listen to Patrick Fee here on the audio podcast here. (54.55 minutes in the show)

Cocktail Recipes Inspired with 360 Chocolate Vodka and Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream 

TEQUILA ROSE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY
Click here to listen to the audio podcast.
Click here to listen to the audio podcast.

Cocktail Recipes Inspired with 360 Chocolate Vodka and Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream

New Vintages Release… Feb 2, 2019…Viticcio Morellino di Scansano – Georgia’s Wine Pick

Meet Swiss Master Chocolatier Ingrid Laderach a true leading lady.

Georgia's Wine Pick. Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015

New Vintages Release… Feb 2, 2019…Viticcio Morellino di Scansano – Georgia’s Wine Pick

So for my wine pick I have selected a stunning wine just released the week in Vintages here in Ontario. It is the Viticcio Morellino di Scansano. I love it so much I already have picked up 8 bottles for my personal cellar. In keeping with the romantic theme during the month of February and Valentine’s Day, this wine is perfect for that. After all, the wine hails from the romantic region of Tuscany in which Florence is the capital. The beautiful bottle is even appointed with a black lace filagree to complete the romantic look.

This Tuscan beauty of a wine is a blend, made with the finest Sangiovese grapes, 85%, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. It is aged in small French oak barrels for 10-12 months and and in stainless steel for an additional 3-5 months.

Truly a beautiful wine, drinking amazing right now with potential to age for upwards of 5 – 8 years.  An intense ruby red colour with seductive aroma of blackberries, and dark cherries, notes of dark chocolate with a velvety texture and good acidity, plenty to please your eyes and your palate! Perfect for Valentines Day and many more to come! Pick up a bottle or even better a few.  Enjoy today, cellar a couple and experience and enjoy again as it evolves over time!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! You aced it here to be sure with this wine.
Founded in 1960 by Lucio and Franca Landini, the Viticcio Estate still stands above the picturesque town of Greve, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Their focus is to produce high-quality wines worthy of an international clientele while at the same time respecting the traditions and viticulture of the region. This focus remains the same today under the direction of the second generation, Alessandro Landini.
Founded in 1960 by Lucio and Franca Landini, the Viticcio Estate still stands above the picturesque town of Greve, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Their focus is to produce high-quality wines worthy of an international clientele while at the same time respecting the traditions and viticulture of the region. This focus remains the same today under the direction of the second generation, Alessandro Landini.
The estate comprises more than 30 hectares of vines, all of which are farmed organically
The estate comprises more than 30 hectares of vines, all of which are farmed organically. Additionally, seven of those hectares are farmed biodynamically. Alessandro strongly believes that in order to produce high-quality wines you must first respect the land in which the vines are planted. To this end he uses no pesticides in his vineyards and fertilizes by planting things such as fava beans and barley between the rows of vines, allowing them to flower, and then plowing them back into the soil to add important nutrients. A handful of wines see some time in the smaller barriques, but the large majority is aged in large botti. The wines of Viticcio represent an important combination of traditional, time-honored techniques with modern-day technology and respect for the environment.

Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015
Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015 c
Duccio Dogi, Export Director FATTORIA VITICCIO
Duccio Dogi, Export Director FATTORIA VITICCIO

On the show today,  a tribute to the most romantic day of the year, that is of course Valentine’s Day.Up next, our much anticipated wine segment which most fittingly comes from one of the most romantic regions of the world, that can only be Italy!!!

We’d now like to welcome from the glorious romantic region of Tuscany,  Senore Duccio Dogi, Senore Duccio is the Sales manager for the producer Fattorio Viticcio. They have been producing wine for over 45 years among the rolling green hills of Tuscan wine country in Greve in Chianti between the historic and enchanting cities of Florence and Siena

Today Fattorio Viticcio boasts 120 hectares of estate owned vineyards among the hills in Chianti Classico and Maremma. Senore Duccio is here to tell us more about this stunning region, and the beautiful wines Viticcio produces  including a very special release for Valentines Day!

ENTER TO WIN…Instagram Valentine’s Day Contest.The Ideal Couple! 360 Vodka and Tequila Rose for the perfect pairing.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!We’re celebrating the day of love with a delicious perfect pairing Instagram Contest!

Cupcakes made with Tequila Rose and 360 Vodka


Enter to win this prize.

A fabulous combination prize package which includes a bottle of the 360 Eco Luxury Chocolate Vodka, LCBO # 396671, $16.90 per 375 ml bottle. A six times distilled vodka made with eco awareness and corporate responsibilty. It’s chocolate just like you want it… deep, dark and deliciously seductive. That’s the irresistible result of pairing smooth 360 Vodka with a double dose rich and creamy Chocolate.

And a daring alternative…the Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream, LCBO# 382747, $29.95 per 750 ml bottle the original strawberry cream liqueur! Combining strawberry cream with tequila…exotic, unexpected and delicious! Over twenty years later, Tequila Rose remains the world’s best-selling strawberry cream liqueur and was the inspiration that paved the way for the unique cream liqueurs that have followed.

Here is How To Enter:

1.Follow us! @#TheWineLadies on Instagram Tags: 360_Vodka   trajectorybev #360Vodka

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2. Like This Post  

360 Vodka and Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream Contest

3.Tag your drinking partner! (Each friend you tag = One entry) Unlimited tags and entries. We will randomly select a winner from the comments below, so stay tuned here and turn on post notifications to see our winner announcement. Contest ends – Monday, Feb 4th, 2019 at noon EST. Our winners will be contacted through Instagram DMs & announced in our Instagram Stories. The prizes will be shipped directly to you.  

TEQUILA ROSE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY BRANDS: Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream Liqueur. 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. 1.0 oz Tequila Rose. 0.5 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. Splash of Half and HalfMix together and sever.
TEQUILA ROSE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY BRANDS: Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream Liqueur. 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. 1.0 oz Tequila Rose. 0.5 oz 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. Splash of Half and HalfMix together and sever.


For an entire range of awesome cocktail recipes. Cocktail Recipes Inspired with 360 Chocolate Vodka and Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream

Happy Valentine’s Day & Good Luck to all!

Disclaimer:  This giveaway is in no way endorsed sponsored or administered by Instagram or Facebook. By entering, entrants confirm they are 19+ of age and release of all responsibility and are adhering to Instagram and Facebook Terms of Use.

Want to know more about these great prizes?

Tune into our audio podcast below  Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

A blast from the past for Valentine’s Day. Wine and chocolate, a match made in heaven on 1050 CHUM. The Wine Ladies Radio Show.

chocolate strawberries

Tweet to Win Chocolate and Wine for your Valentine! Brix Chocolate.

CONGRATULATIONS TO @TheNancy2880, winner of this prize. Your prize has been shipped to you in time for Valentine’s Day!

It’s easy to win. What’s your favourite wine and chocolate pairing? Perhaps strawberries and Champagne or a Barolo with extra dark chocolate?

Tweet #TWLValentinesContest and re-tweet as often as you like! One winner will be picked at random.  

Simply tell us your favourite pairing!!Visit The Wine Ladies Facebook Page and LIKE US. Winner will be drawn at random and announced on The Wine Ladies Facebook page The Wine Ladies Friday February 6th,2015 at noon. Good luck everyone.

Win one grand prize of a BRIX Tasting Party Gift Set plus a selection of matching wines as recommended by us. Prize includes of 4-3 oz bars BRIX Extra Dark Chocolate,Medium Dark Chocolate,Smooth and Milk, Solid Cherry Cutting Board,Matching Knife and Tasting Guide,plus wine. ( Value: $100.00 including shipping)

To purchase the Tasting Party Gift Set

We do love the idea of pairing wine with chocolate, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner the timing couldn’t be any better!

 It’s easy as 1-2-3

1.Make sure that you follow both of us on Twitter @TheWineLadies

2. From Friday, January 23rd,2015 9:00am EST until Friday February 6th,2015 at noon,Friday,NOON EST tweet and re-tweet and follow @TheWineLadies. Below is an  example that you can use and modify as you see fit.

Example Tweet:

@TheWineLadies Enter me #win!$100.00 gift set #TWLValentineContest #wine & #chocolate #romance

@TheWineLadies my favourite pairing dark #chocolate & #Barolo #TWLValentinesContest I wanna win!

3.Each time you tweet (or re-tweet our Tweets) using the hash tag #TWLValentinesContest your name will be entered into our draw for a chance to win the prize. Keep entering as often as you like. Be sure to add @TheWineLadies at the end of your Tweet as well to help track it.

 

4.If you don’t TWEET you can also enter on The Wine Ladies FACEBOOK Fan page too right here.

 

The winner will be randomly selected at 6:00pm on Friday, February 6th, 2015 and will be notified via TWITTER and FACEBOOK.


Good Luck everyone! Georgia and Susanne

 

A few tips on wine and chocolate tasting.

For planning your Valentine’s Day date, think about offering a range of chocolates, maybe five or six, with a varying degree of cacao content resulting in different levels of sweetness and pure chocolate strength. Consider too, chocolates that contain nuts or toffee, opening up additional possibilities. Next select a range of wines, keeping in mind that in general sweeter wines such as icewines, sherry, tawny port or a Banyuls from France pair really well with chocolate. Throw in a fruity Zinfandel too for a different experience! don’t forget, it’s all about personal taste! Many sommeliers and experts love the pairing of dry Cabernets or fruity wines with dark chocolate while others opt for the classic, and romantic chocolate dipped strawberries and Champagne.

Consider BRIX Chocolate.

Another option, making life simple and taking out the guesswork would be to consider the absolutely delicious chocolate on the market called BRIX; the first ever to be crafted specifically to pair with wine. After much trial and error, the founder Dr. Proia an Ohio pulmonologist (who appreciated the antioxidants found in both wine and chocolate) developed three blends of chocolate with their root being of single origin Ghanaian chocolate known for their red fruit tones particularly suited to wine.

A few chocolate tasting tips that we’ve picked up over time include the advice of chocolatiers and connoisseurs to not bite into the chocolate, but rather to allow the chocolate to slowly melt in your mouth maximizing the full range of flavors, texture and finish.

Sample the wine first on its own, and then sample the chocolate.

Next taste the wine again along with the chocolate in your mouth. Is the sum of the parts greater than the whole? Notice if certain flavors of either the wine or the chocolate are heightened or perhaps diminished? Share your taste experience and your thoughts with the others.
Be sure to provide your guests with several palate cleansers such as fresh bread, simple crackers and pitchers of water. A selection of fresh cheeses accompanied by fresh fruit would round out the evening beautifully!