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Triple Bliss – Wine, Wine-infused Fudge, Wine Biscuits

Triple Bliss

 

 

Sher Bliss is proud to introduce our newest creations! We discovered a new superfruit, Baobob pulp, strawberry shown here, a new superfruit, is macerated in the red wine and infused into our creamy fudge recipe.  The fruit brings out the roundness and dark fruit and cherry in ths silky, rich wine. Wine biscuits are hand-crafted, baked right here in the store using a unique Italian recipe,  The biscuits are made with the Mouton Cadet Bordeaux, seen in the gift pictured above.  The Rose is dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with boysenberry crushed candies, bringing out the fruit aromas. The combination of three bottles of Mouton Cadet wine, wine biscuits and unique fudge create a fantastic gift for the fine wine and chocolate enthusiast on your gift list. Stop by the store to pick up this delicious and creative present at just $79.95, or add individually wrapped chocolates with “Happy Holidays”, or “Thank You” message printed on the foil. for an additional $9.50. Call 614 428-9463 for orders, questions or more information.

Vist our new website for more great products. http://sher-bliss-wine-and-chocolate.com/

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My Trip to Italy and New Italian Wines!

The ancient Greeks called Italy Oenotria, the land of wine.

This past May I did something a little different and traveled solo to Italy for a friend’s birthday. After a long trip I was happy to find a cool cafe just a couple blocks away from the train station in Rome and treated myself to a great arugula, speck, and cheese pizza along with some espresso! I read, recharged my electronics and took in the sights.   After a couple of days of sightseeing locally in Pisa and Lucca the wine travels began in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.   First stop was Felsina.  Maybe two hours away.  I did miss much of the landscape as I had no coffee and took my catnaps every time we ugly Americans were on tbe bus.  I told everyone I am spoiled as Tuscany and Columbus look exactly alike.  I carry Felsina wines  and love them.  The  winery is really magnificent and  state of the art.  Closest with such sleek modern architecture to Quintessa.  The wines are very elegant and a great representation of the land.  Of course the reds are stellar and the Chardonnay is one of my favorites ever.  The main house has been undergoing a redo to keep it authentic, this is what the owners use, all else is new.  There is a still a consecrated church where weddings, owners niece, etc occur.  Great spot for a destination wedding!

The tour guide and I, Elena, talked about combining our resources and doing something tour-related.   She is a bit younger, has an art history degree and used to own an art gallery in Florence but with two young girls said the travel was too much.   Always thinking…
We then went to Montepulciano, had a tour and lunch, lovely but bigger production than I carry.  I had the pasta with  hare as I figured I should.   Bit gamey, but when in Rome…
I would really like to return there and to Montalcino, an hour away, with my family.  First stop in Montalcino was amazing, Il Palazzone.  The  Ex CEO of Time Warner owns it .  A Scottish woman, Laura Gray, is the winemaker.  She hired an agriculture expert to run the property and married him!  She has been there sixteen years, and has three red haired, Italian children!    Her wines were incredible and I can get them in Ohio without preordering!   Her olive oil too, awesome.  Gorgeous infinity pool by owners little place, he has no wifi in his!
Mostly sends his most inner helpers, driver, assistant, etc to use it!
Last place in Brunello was huge production.  Again state of the art and Grandma gave the tour. Her kids are younger and there were very little ones running around.  Saw a lot of that in Italy, young working Moms and Grandma as the daily caretaker.  She made a cookie type biscuit only mildly sweet which I am working on figuring amounts for each ingredient.  Red wine, sugar, flour and olive oil.  Stracchettelli maybe? I remember a store made version by stella doro, no comparison,  but similar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A  highlight of my trip was going to Greve in Chianti to Villa Calcinaia.  I have been carrying their wines since their first days in Ohio. Before I went on the trip my distributor contacted Sebastiono, whom I had met here in the states and knew as “The Count”.  After some interesting travels to get to  Greve in Chianti, I met Melanie who runs the wine tasting room and sampled their lovely wines, both those I carry, some new to the states and sadly, some we cannot get here.  Then, I was taken to see the estate and meet up with the Count.  The property is breathtaking with 22 acres planted with more than 50 year old vines.  I think there are thirty other acres planted.  I still do not know what this flower is the Count called it fake Verbena.

I stayed in the cutest hotel, had a phenomenol meal, the pasta was called Pici? Clean plate for me!  The next day, I purchased several different salamis and cheeses before setting out for Florence.  That night, back at Casa Bini we chilled the wine from Villa Calcinaia, both a rose and a red done in an open fermentor and unfiltered.  I never had anything like it! We enjoyed them with the salami and cheese from the heart of Tuscany.  Others made the rest and one of the best dinners of the trip, crespelles with spinach and prosciutto and a big pasta with meatballs and…Tiramisu.   It was a great way to end my memorable trip in Italy. I cannot wait to go back!

The most delicious Valentine’s Day ever!

I am very excited to share the Valentine happenings at

Sher-Bliss Wine & Chocolates with you!

We have many tips and products to make your Valentine’s weekend a sweet, exciting and romantic one!  Whether we are shipping your gift, or you are coming in to select, and/or you join in an in-store event; we know we have what it takes to delight your Valentine. 

The phone number is 614-428-WINE (9463), email address is cheryl@sherbliss.com and the location is Morse & Cherry Bottom inGahanna,Ohio.  Less than 2 miles east ofEaston and the intersection of I-270 & Morse Road.  You have no excuses!  This Valentine’s Day will be your best ever!

 

Dipped Strawberries

Ohhh do we dip strawberries and are they ever divine!

  • There      are regularCalifornia     berries dipped in our own blend of Belgian milk or dark  chocolate, or the highest quality white      chocolate.  Drizzled and decorated      and $30 per pound.  As a guideline,      our current berries are coming out approximately to $2-3 each.  Just a guideline and we can try to find      bigger, or smaller. Purchase singly or by the pound.  There is a wide variety of packaging      from which to choose.
  • Utterly      decadent and new this year.  (Sigh)      A creamy cheesecake layer goes on the berry and then we cover it in your      choice of chocolate.  A picture is      worth a thousand words, but tasting is believing.  $35 per pound and a stenciled heart is      included with every pound purchased.
  • Colossal      long-stem strawberries-presented in the same choices above, but maybe,      there are 4 to the pound.  SPECIAL      ORDER only, call by 5PM on Friday February 10th.

Bliss In a Bottle

Chocolate and wine unite in one great item.  Select one of our 500 labels of small production beer, wine andChampagne, flavor of chocolate and we really have you and this covered with a one-of-a-kind gift.  Visit us in-store, or call for expanded selection or at http://www.blissinabottle.com process through the secure, google checkout, selecting a message card and telling us what to write on an enclosure card.  We ship UPS ground unless heat, or time requires expedited shipping and can tell you your rates.  Someone at least 21 years of age must sign for it and we are unfortunately unable to ship to certain states. 

Chocolate & Wine Flights

For many years I have been pairing chocolate and wine and NOT just for dessert.  There are savory combinations we have perfected as well.  For this Valentine’s Day and weekend prior, 25 wines will be available in a “pick your flight” line-up to sample, savor, enjoy and later dream about.  There are reds, whites and pinks, still and sparkling, sweet and dry, AND cookie dough and cauliflower.  The entire menu will be revealed on Friday, February 10th beginning at 7PM.  To whet your appetite for this incredible line-up I will share two pairings, but, please, don’t tell anyone!

Conundrum 2009 Red, silky, rich and velvety offset with cayenne-spiked milk and dark chocolates.

Spann Vineyards 2008 Classic Four Bordeaux-style blend with a medium-sharp white cheddar blended with dark chocolate shavings.

Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui, not just for Valentine’s Day and delicious with savory foods and white, or dark chocolate.

Valentines Day is only 2 days away.  Have you decided what you are getting that special someone?  If not we have a great suggestion!

Rosa Regale Dipped in Sher-Bliss’s Fine Belgian Chocolate.  Offered on http://blissinabottle.com

Available in 3 sizes-The 187 is a great party favor.  The 375 is perfect for you and your dearest.  The 750 is the party!

This is a unique red sparkling wine.  Open it and envision yourself lying in a bed of roses eating raspberries.  The storyI know  is that the grape, Brachetto d’acqui, was almost extinct during the fall of the Roman Empire.  Again, as I understand it the family that owns Banfi brought the grape back so we can enjoy it today.  I like to serve this lovely sparkler year round-it is a treat that is perfect for every season by itself, or with a variety of foods.  To serve with savory foods, try a spinach salad,  with goat cheese, dried fruit and a raspberry vinaigrette, or try with any Asian dishes that have a little heat.  For dessert anything with berries will heighten the nose and flavor in the wine.  At blissinabottle.com we suggest  dark Belgian chocolate, or white chocolate flavored with a hint of oil of raspberry. 

That’s my suggested pairing, tell me yours.

Coupon Dad, A Well Known Site, Picks Up Bliss In A Bottle

Another well known blogger has picked up Bliss in a Bottle to promote the Chocolate Dipped Bottles for which Bliss in a Bottle is known for.

Coupon Dad is a site dedicated to not only giving it’s viewers great deals on excellent products, but also properly informing it’s consumers about the products they regularly purchase.

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Sher Bliss Valentine’s Events
 

Sunday Febuary 7                    

3:00-4:30 PM

Produce hand made treats for your chocolate-loving Valentine. 

Make truffles, enrobe fruits, fill Valentine’s-themed candy molds-gift boxed. 

 Price-$35.00 per person

Wednesday Febuary 10

6:00-7:30 PM

Produce hand made treats for your chocolate-loving Valentine. 

Make truffles, enrobe fruits, fill Valentine’s-themed candy molds-gift boxed.

Price-$35.00 per person

Saturday Febuary 13            

7:00-9:00 PM

Our third annual Chocolate Lovers Dinner:

4 courses with chocolate starring as the main ingredient, paired with the perfect wine to compliment. 

Chilled Strawberry Soup with white chocolate shavings   

*paired with Il Follo Rose Prosecco

Pear and Spinach Salad topped with Roquefort Cheese and Chocolate Vinaigrette 

*paired with the First Love White Blend with Indian Spiced

Chocolate BBQ Cauliflower and Rice 

*paired with Masserie Pisari 2007 Primitivo

Chocolate-Rubbed Chicken Breast with Peanut Sate served

Wine-Filled Truffles & Chocolate Covered Grapes and Strawberries

*paired  with choice of  Choco-Vine Dutch Chocolate Cabernet or Port

 

Price-$39.50 per person

Sunday Febuary 14                 

10:30-12:00

Chocolate Lovers Brunch:

Braised Fruit with Chocolate and Brandy.

Angel Biscuits studded with Moscato soaked Raspberries and White Chocolate.

For the entrée choose from: 

Mascarpone Soufflé with Trentadue Chocolate Port Mascerated Figs

or

Portobello Panini with: Turkey Sausage, Feta, Milk Chocolate, & Glazed Sundried Tomatoes

Dessert:

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Cups with Riesling White Chocolate Mousse.

Price-$24.00 per person

Sher-Bliss pre-order dipped bottles-see blissinabottle.com.

We will be dipping bunches of bliss:

 our signature chocolate covered grapes and strawberries

Thursday 2/11-Sun 2/14


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