Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Tasting (Giveaway!)

Last night I gathered up the troops and had a fun chocolate and wine tasting! Ghirardelli came out with a new line of Intense Dark Pairings chocolates, all of which help benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Awesome, right? After working with them for my job, Ghirardelli generously offered to help me throw a fun shindig where my friends were able to test out the chocolates, drink wine and just have a good time. Sounds like a pretty sweet (pun!) deal, right?

I thought so. Give me chocolate and I’ll be your best friend. Give me wine with chocolate and you’re never going to get rid of me. I was hoping my friends were the same.

Turns out they are! I had about 12 friends over and we plowed through the chocolate and wine. Seriously, this was the end of the night:

But let’s rewind a bit. Ghirardelli sent me four of their chocolate varieties for us to test out:

  • 60% cacao
  • 72% cacao
  • 86% cacao
  • Toffee Interlude

They also provided me with tasting guidelines, so I would know what types of wines to pair the chocolate with, along with yummy snacks so people weren’t gorging on chocolate. Perfect for someone like me, who doesn’t know much about wine but sure likes to drink it.

I picked up a white, red, dry red and cabarnet sauvignon, and snacks like crackers, caramel popcorn, pretzels and toasted almonds. The biggest food hit (other than the chocolate)? My step-dad’s homemade jam! Thanks for letting me take some home, Ed, everyone loved the stuff!

Another hit of the night? This fabulous pumpkin plant I picked up on my way home from work.

I’m in love with it.

Anyway, I had a lot of great company throughout the night and was really happy to spend time catching up with so many people. Theodora stopped by and we talked magazines and running a lot, but decided we do actually have lives outside of those two discussion topics.

Other friends popped in too, like Nina, Iwa and Emily…

And of course my fabulous roomies were there, along with semi-roomie Andrew.

(Nice lighting on this one, I know)

Overall, it was a great night and everyone loved the chocolates. The Toffee Interlude was a huge hit for many, I loved the 60% cacao and Theodora was a fan of the 86% cacao.

Wondering which one you would like the most? Now you can test it out for yourself! Ghirardelli not only sent chocolates for my own tasting, but they’ve agreed to send one lucky Check My Pulseย reader a box of one of the new flavors — your choice!

To enter the giveaway, you can do one (or all) of the following:

  • Leave a comment telling me what flavor you’d love to try the most and what you would pair it with! (mandatory)
  • Follow me on Twitter & leave a separate comment telling me you did so
  • “Like” me on Facebook & leave a separate comment telling me you did so
  • “Like” Ghirardelli Chocolate Company on Facebook & leave a separate comment telling me you did so
  • Tweet something along the lines of, “I entered the sweet Ghirardelli chocolate giveaway from @samanthaxrachel!” with a link to this post & leave a separate comment telling me you did so

So that’s up to five chances at winning this delicious box of goodness! I can’t wait to see what you all want to test!

This giveaway ends Sunday, October 16 at 12:00 midnight EST. Giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.ย 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I did receive complimentary boxes of chocolate to host the tasting party, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.ย 

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Posted on October 13, 2011, in Food, Giveaway, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. I would like to try the toffee and pair it with some port wine ๐Ÿ™‚ mmm. That sounds like a great dessert to me!

  2. I’d love to try toffee interlude and according to their suggestion, it’d be great with chips or popcorn so I’d do that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. tweeted:

  4. following @samanthaxrachel as @cappytweet

  5. Is this like a record for your comments on a blog post? hahahaha. I did some twitter promo and already liked you on facebook but also shared your blog post ๐Ÿ˜€ and 60% cacaoa is my choice!

  6. I tweeted under @ElleRose04!

  7. I tweeted under @UnmarriedWife as well! lol.

  8. and for some reason I was not following you on either! so now I am!

  9. I just liked the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m on a roll. lol.

  10. I am a chocolate addict. True story. The one I would most like to try is Toffee Interlude. I would pair it with a bottle of Ithaca’s Hard Apple Cider. Representing the great state of NY – and keeping in mind that toffee and chocolate and apples are amazing together!!

  11. I have also “liked” Ghirardelli ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. And I still can’t figure out how to “like” you more. Pretty sure I’ve done it too many times

  13. That 86% sounds amazing! I am a huge fan of super dark chocolates – and with the Niagara Wine Trail just a half hour from my house, I’m 100% positive I know the perfect red semi-sweet red wine to balance out the bitter ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post! Sorry for just perusing your pictures earlier…. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. I am ALL about dark chocolate!!

  15. I’d like to try the 72% cacao, and pair it with Pinot Noir.

  16. The 60% cacao with Carmenere.

  17. I want to try toffee interlude and I would pair it with a nice glass of milk (I’m not huge on wine with chocolate right now) and some pretzels (actually, I think it would be amazing melted down and drizzled on pretzels).

  18. I follow you on twitter (username is the same as the name in my email address :))

    Also, I’m incredibly jealous. My friends would never be willing to do this with me!

  19. ummm i would like to inhale all of those flavors. do i have to pick just one?? haha. maybe the toffee one, im newly into toffee…

  20. oh, and i follow you on twitter already!

  21. I’m a dark chocolate kind of girl! Chocolate and wine are a match made in heaven

  22. Mmmm. 86% chocolate with a glass of nice merlot and some figs on the side…. Oh, and maybe a few fresh blueberries too…. Nice giveaway!
    Lisa
    karmaperdiem@hotmail.com

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