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Chocolate & Beer Pairing with Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

Looking for that one of a kind gift? Can’t find that unique gift for that someone special?

Come join us and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing on Sunday December 18, 2016 for a chocolate & beer pairing. We’ll be featuring four of our award winning chocolates paired with four of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing’s organic beers.

The Flight

Wilder Wheat and our Mandarin Truffle – A 72% organic and fair trade cacao truffle infused with fresh, organic mandarins.

Little Red Corvette and our Three Chile Truffle – A 76% organic and fair trade cacao truffle infused with ancho, chipotle and bird chilies

Gingers Warmer and our Mayan Truffle – A 76% organic and fair trade cacao truffle infused with aromatic spices

People’s Porter and our Obsession Chocolate – A 83% organic and fair trade cacao chocolate infused with extra vanilla beans

Upcoming Monterey Chocolate Company Events

Sunday November 13,2016 Santa Cruz Downtown Wine Walk

Saturday November 19,2016 Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Grower’s Passport @ Domenico Winery

Sunday November 20,2016 3rd Sunday Music Series @ Domenico Winery

Saturday November 26, 2016 Saratoga Wine Walk and Xmas Tree Lighting

Sunday December 4, 2016 Jazz Cellars Christmas Party @ Domenico Winery

Sunday December 11, 2016 Pop Up Brunch w/ MJA Winery

Monterey Chocolate Company Upcoming Events
Posted on October 3, 2016 by Chris
We’re beginning this October(2016) with a busy travel schedule.

It all begins nearby on Friday October 7, 2016, in Santa Cruz’s Stockwell Cellars, on the westside for the Santa Cruz First Friday Art Walk. From 6-9pm, we’ll be set up inside Stockwell Cellars sampling and selling our award winning chocolates.

Saturday and Sunday October 8-9, 2016, you can find us in Healdsburg, CA, at MacRostie Vineyards and Winery. We’ll be pairing an exclusive Pinot Noir infused chocolate, with the latest MacRostie Pinot Noir release.

Saturday October 15, 2016, we’ll be conducting a chocolate & wine pairing with winemaker Richard Oh, of Otter Cove & Oh wines at Affina restaurant, located in Carmel by the Sea. We’ll be pairing four of our award winning chocolates with a selection of Otter Cove and Oh wines from 2-5pm.

Sunday October 16, 2016, we invite you to come enjoy live music and a chocolate & wine tasting at Domenico Winery, located in San Carlos, CA.

October 7: First Friday at Stockwell Cellars, Santa Cruz, CA

October 8-9: Wine Club Harvest Party at MacRostie Vineyards and Winery, Healdsburg, CA

October 15: Chocolate & Wine Pairing with Otter Cove & Oh Wines at Affina Restaurant, Carmel by the Sea, CA

October 16: Third Sunday Music Series at Domenico Winery, San Carlos, CA

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

Come join us at Northstar Village on Sunday September 7, 2016, to try our entry in the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival’s food and wine pairing competition. We’re bringing a surprise this year, one most will not expect. Last year, for the pairing competition, we made a custom chocolate to pair with Powell Mountain’s Pinnacle wine. The pairing was amazing, but we missed out on any awards. Most of the attendees came to try our pairing for a dessert, after the voting had officially closed. This year, we’re bringing a new strategy to overcome this miscalculation.

Since we are in the early planning stages of opening a second food based business, this one featuring smoked meats. We decided to create a smoked meat slider as our entry for the competition. After trying several slider variations with Albatross Ridge’s 2012 Pinot Noir ‘Cuvée Vivienne’, including:

Beef Chuck Short Rib Sliders – Thinly sliced, smoked beef chuck ribs, onion peach jam and a gorgonzola sauce, served on a sour baguette.

Pulled Pork Sliders – Smoked pulled pork, a vinegar/spice finishing sauce and a fresh pear/apple slaw, served n a sweet roll.

Maple Bourbon Pork Belly Banh Mi – Smoked pork belly, sliced cucumber, sliced jalapeno, pickled daikon, a sprig of cilantro and a housemade garlic aioli, served on a sweet baguette.

We decided on our Maple Bourbon Pork Belly Banh Mi as our food pairing entry. This pairing, brings a unique experience of flavors and sensations to the palate.

If you’re in the North Lake Tahoe neighborhood, swing by for your chance to give our pairing a try.

Wish us luck!!!

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

We’re heading back to Northstar Village for the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival to participate in the Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition on Sunday September 11, 2016. This year, we’re pairing with a 2012 Albatross Ridge Pinot Noir ‘Cuvée Vivienne’ from Albatross Ridge Vineyards of Carmel Valley, CA. We’re still deciding on the final details of the menu and will have it finalized as early as late next week. Here’s a hint, it won’t be our chocolates entered into the competition this year. Reason being, too many people waited until after the voting closed to try our chocolate and wine pairing for a dessert. We’re going to remedy this situation with a smoked meat entry. Could be pork belly, beef chuck short ribs, brisket or a pulled pork. We’ll decide which menu item to enter after we the pairings and decide which is the best.

Wish us luck!!!

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Wine & Chocolate Tasting with Villa del Monte Winery

Come out to the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains this Saturday, July 30, 2016 and enjoy the redwoods with a glass of Villa del Monte’s amazing wine and a sample of our award winning chocolate. We’re planning on sampling of one of our customer’s favorite chocolates, the Pomegranate Pinot Truffle. This organic and fair trade chocolate, infused with fresh, organic pomegranates and pinot noir wine, pairs well with a variety of wines.

Havana Nights – MacRostie Wine Club Party

Need an excuse to join a wine club? MacRostie Winery and Vineyards is hosting another wine club party, Havana Nights, at their Healdsburg Tasting Room, on Saturday July 16, 2016 from 6-9pm. This Cuban themed party will include an evening of wine, chocolate, and Cuban food.

Wear your fedora and come out and enjoy the California summer!!!

California Wine Festival Santa Barbara

Are you planning on attending the California Wine Festival Santa Barbara? If so, we have a discount code for tickets to share. Enter GREATWINES during the checkout to receive $10 off any ticket purchase.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’re having to do a small change to our California Wine Festival Santa Barbara schedule this year. We’ll be moving our participation from the Saturday Beachside Festival to Thursday night’s Old Spanish Nights Tasting at the historic De La Guerra Adobe Courtyard. and also on Friday night, in the Sunset Reserve & Rare Wine Tasting, taking place at the Chase Palm Park Plaza at the Carousel.

We hope to see you there!!!

This Sunday June 19, 2016, we’re joining the Summit Wineries for the second day of the Solstice on The Summit Festival. We’ll have a table at Silver Mountain Winery, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, for the event. Come out and taste some amazing wines and chocolates with us in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Participating wineries:

Burrell School
Muns Vineyard @ The Summit Store
Silver Mountain
Villa del Monte
Wright Station

Pinot Days San Francisco

We’re on our way back to San Francisco on Saturday June 18, 2016, to participate in the Pinot Days San Francisco event, taking place at the Bespoke Event Center on the fourth floor of the San Francisco Shopping Center. This is one of favorite events of the year. As for every event, we make an exclusive chocolate to sample and have available for purchase.

Pomegranate Pinot Truffle-58% organic and fair trade cacao infused with Pinot Noir and organic pomegranate juice for a unique chocolate experience. From the rich chocolate beginning to the fruit caramel finish. This is one of our customer’s favorites. They are made in small batches, so come by before we’re sold out and get your box.
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