Pinot chocolat? Won’t those New Zealanders stop at anything?

For a guy like me who loves the most natural wines, New Zealand is often a disappointment, with wines that are pure products of modern oenology.

But I never thought the doctoring would go as far as this: Kim Crawford’s Pinot Chocolat, for which cocoa bean extract was added to the tank at the moment of fermentation. That, for me, completely takes the cake. I mean, what is wine coming to?

The only thing I don’t get about this whole operation, is why Kim Crawford didn’t think of using the USBWine network to allow us to taste the Pinot Chocolat. Instead, they’ve used a virtual tasting system that is clearly not as effective. 

The pinot chocolat, released on April 1, is a great match for a traditional English dessert called a… fool.

If you find a bottle, let me know.

And in the meantime, if you’d like a wine that’s less of a joke, why not try the 2007 Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay, a modern wine, yes, but one where citrus flavors, peach notes and a little caramel on the nose combine in a fresh, quaffable drink. A very decent bottle, and a good match with grilled fish or hard cheeses. 

Full disclosure: I received the chardonnay as a press sample. But not the pinot chocolat.

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The perfect tool for wine bloggers

I just found the perfect combination of wine lore and internet technology. And the perfect gift for everyone who loves to browse about wine online – or better yet, to write blogs about wine online.

Some funny guys in France “invented” it and put it online, for everyone’s amazement – or is that amusement. The only detail is that it seems to work only for French wines, so far.  If anyone volunteers to spread the copyright to everywhere else on Planet Wine, that would be amazing.

Ladies and gentlemen, here is the one and only USBWine.

Well. If it did exist, I’d have to have it. Wouldn’t you?

Published in: on November 29, 2007 at 12:49 am  Comments (1)