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Chocolate and Wine Pairing

Carrollton, TX , United States
2 h
English

About Your Host

Zach Townsend is the owner of Pure Chocolate Desserts by Zach and Dallas Chocolate Classes, specializing in private events and chocolate classes and experiences in Dallas Fort Worth since 2003. Zach has spent over 25 years in the world of chocolate and chocolate dessert making. He has recipes featured in Rose's Heavenly Cakes (IACP Cookbook of the Year) and Flavorful by baking author Tish Boyle. He is a contributing writer to Dessert Professional magazine and is the translator of six cookbooks, including Pierre Hermé Macaron; Creative Tables; Maison Kayser’s French Pastry Workshop; Larousse on Cooking; and Nature’s Table: Refined Recipes from an Alpine Chalet. His recipe translations have also appeared in Wine Enthusiast magazine. Zach’s chocolate desserts have been served by request to President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

What we'll do

The perfect pairing of two exceptional worlds! This chocolate course explores the intricacies of the flavors inherent in both fine chocolate and wine and how to bring the flavors of these two luxuries together. Participants will taste a selection of some of the world's finest chocolate of varying cacao percentages and learn about their personal taste preferences. The tasting progresses with my hand-picked selection of high-quality wines paired with each chocolate. You will discuss the flavor profiles of the wines and chocolates and learn the concepts of pairing and general rules on avoiding pairing pitfalls. At the end of the pairing, we'll move to the kitchen for a lesson on how to make a silky, dark chocolate wine sauce. Participants are provided a packet of information on chocolate and a copy of the recipe used in the course. *Guests must be 21 years old or older to attend this class.

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