I have to pay an annual fee for an exclusive club membership. It’s pretty impressive. I pay the fee, and I get my own card that I have to show every time I walk through the doors. If I don’t have my card out and ready, I’m snapped at almost immediately. I have been a member of this club since 2004 and actually was just asked to move my membership to a higher level of membership. Actually, they ask me this every time I go to the club. It takes a special type of person to be an Advantage Club Card carrier when you shop at Sam’s Club.
Oh, Sam’s Club, where savings and samples of chicken fried chicken reign supreme. On a recent trip, as I was browsing through the 64 ounce tubs of peanut butter, I came across an unusual wine. It is called ChocoVine and it combines “the taste of dutch chocolate and fine red wine.” Booze and chocolate combined? Giddy-up.
The first thing I noticed was that this fine wine had a screw top and the hue of Yoo-hoo. The next was the ten dollar price tag for the bottle. Just cheap enough for me to give a, “what-the-hell-I-need-a-topic-for-my-libation-blog-anyway” feeling. And just fancy enough for me to impress the wife. Well, it really does not take much for me to impress her. The other day I left the house to get our sick kid some medicine and I came home from the grocery with food for dinner, corn chips, and no medicine. I almost got it correct, the Fritos were acetaminophen flavored. She is just happy if I can get everything on the grocery list.
This is obviously, a dessert wine. So I figured that it would pair well with some cupcakes my 3-year-old made. Well, I made them (yes I bake too) and she frosted them (well I frosted the cupcakes, and the preschooler frosted my arm). The kid added sprinkles for some extra pizzazz. I thought my arm looked weird with frosting and sprinkles, but I think I pulled off the look.
So upon my return home from the club, I chilled the bottle in the fridge for an after dinner treat. I read the label just to make sure that there were not any special instructions to follow. And there was only one. Shake well. Kind of reminds me of Yoo-hoo again. There is also a warning not to mix with acidic drinks. Reminds me of the urban legend warning not to mix Coke and Pop Rocks. I did some searching on the net to try to find what will happen if you did actually mix ChocoVine with an acidic drink, and came up empty on answers.
The bottle was shaken and unscrewed, glasses were poured. It smelled chocolatey more than winey. It again looks like Yoo-hoo in the wine glass. And it tastes like Yoo-hoo, a Yoo-hoo with higher quality chocolate, then immediately followed by a winey after taste. The creaminess of the drink reminds me of Bailey’s. I think it would be good on the rocks.
I am not much of a wine guy. But I am kind of chocolate guy, and I’m not just talking about my frosted left arm. As a club guy, I would recommend ChocoVine. It did pair well with the cupcakes. My wife wouldn’t try my arm though. As for the 3-year-old, she said the arm went well with mac n cheese.
Not a club member? Have no fear ChocoVine is available at many fine retailers throughout the country. Here is a link to an alphabetical by state of all the retailers.