If neglected, tongues turn into battlefields, with sweet zones going on sugar strike, sour zones waging citrus attacks, and bitter zones firing off below-the-best insults. Keep your palate at peace with today's Groupon: for $14, you get a wine-and-chocolate pairing for two (a $20 value) plus two chocolate-covered strawberries (a $4 value) and two wine truffles (a $4 value) from Vintage Sweet Shoppe in Napa (a $28 total value).
With more than 30 years in the bonbon business, Vintage Sweet Shoppe specializes in freshly made truffles, fudge, and other melty morsels with cocoa levels adjusted to complement fine wines. Like listening to recordings of whale gossip in stereo, wine-and-chocolate pairings combine two gratifying sensations into one heavenly experience. Palates douse themselves in a series of three varietals, each obtained from vintners in Napa and the surrounding areas, before coupling up with four specially chosen chocolates. The cocoa-hawkers heighten the adventure with the addition of a juicy chocolate-covered strawberry and a wine truffle, which is filled with a vintage such as pinot noir or chardonnay until it leaves the room stumbling pleasantly.
Vintage Sweet Shoppe
“My love of chocolate making came from my mother, who is from Newfoundland,” says Vintage Sweet Shoppe owner Debbie Dever. To stave off boredom during the region’s harsh winters, Debbie’s grandmother taught her children to craft candy and treats. Her mother passed the skills she learned on winter days down to Debbie, who channels her passion into her handmade truffles, flavored fudges, and chocolate-drenched nut clusters made only with fresh ingredients at the on-site kitchen. Popular favorites include lemon and dark cherry bark. Her signature wine-infused truffles pair sips of champagne, port wine, and Napa Valley vinos with complementary chocolates chosen based on cocoa content and willingness to tell embarrassing stories about their compatriots. Dever’s team of innovative chocolatiers has been making chocolates for more than 30 years and also hand-mold chocolate-covered wine bottles—featured on the Food Network—by shrink-wrapping full bottles of wine before coating their surfaces in dark or milk chocolate, leaving each label framed by an edible exterior. The shop also serves espresso coffee drinks, frozen yogurt, and ice cream.