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February 27, 2012

February 7, 2012

Impress your sweetie this Valentine's Day with our Jam Jar Chocolate Fondue recipe. Simple, sweet and satisfying. Sure to sweeten the evening!


1 cup cocoa powder

1 1/4 cups Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup corn syrup

3/4 cup heavy cream

5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped  


Sift the cocoa into a mixing bowl and set aside. Place the Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, sugar, and corn syrup into a pot and bring to boil. Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until mixture has reduced by about one third. Pour the cocoa powder into the wine and sugar mixture and whisk until smooth. Return to the stove and continue cooking over medium heat. Add heavy cream, bring to boil and allow to simmer for five minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in chopped chocolate. Pour into fondue pot and enjoy!

To Serve:

Dip bite sized pieces of pound cake and/or fresh fruit (such as strawberries and bananas) into the chocolate fondue. Can also be used as an ice cream topping. Serves 6.

February 3, 2012

Seduce your senses with this alluring Syrah boasting beautiful aromas of rich fruit and spice. Flavors of plum, black cherry, raspberry and pepper follow through on a lengthy palate. Well integrated tannins and hints of mocha and earth add to the complexity of this eponymous bottling from Thelema winemaker Rudi Schultz. A Wine Spectator "Savvy Shopper" bottling (SRP $30), this wine has garnered 90+ Wine Spectator raves in every vintage since its 2002 debut.

Simply put, it's a sexy bottling, one to be served by candlelight with that special someone!

February 2, 2012
Today in 1659, Jan van Riebeeck (who first brought vines to the Cape) wrote in his diary: "Fine warm weather...Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes, namely from the new must, fresh from the vat. The grapes were mostly Muscadel, and other white round grapes, very fragrant and tasty."