Chocolatouring in California Wine Country

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

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  1. Grace says:

    What a wonderful trip! On another note, your book just arrived and I can’t wait to dive into it maybe with glass of wine and some chocolate!

    • Doreen
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      Yahoo, Grace! I’ll forward to your thoughts on my book once you’ve had a chance to ‘digest’ it. Reading with wine and chocolate at your side is definitely the way to go! Enjoy!

  2. Cheryl
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    It was a wonderful time with great friends! Susan was an extraordinary host. :)
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  3. Sherryl Perry
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    I always enjoy taking these little “trips” with you Doreen! Your writing style and images help me forget that it’s going to be -7 degrees tonight. :) It was great to see the picture of you at Susan’s. I wish I could have been there with all of you!
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  4. Susan Cooper
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    It was a wonderful adventure all around for all of us. It would be hard for me to express just the how fun it really was. I and Elizabeth had a blast hosting Cheryl, you and Mary Ann. :)
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  5. Catarina says:

    What a wonderful idea, Doreen, Susan and Cheryl. Hope I will be in the States in the future and meet up with you!
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  6. Looks like a fabulous trip and what fun to meet virtual friends face-to-face! I’ve a few of those relationships myself that have proved to be enduring friendships. Thanks for taking us tripping with you :)
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  7. Gabbi says:

    Is there anything better than wine, chocolate and cheese? Only being in California. I was just out there visiting my family. On my next trip, I’d like to do a wine tasting tour since I’m of age. Great post. Thanks for the suggestions!

  8. Greg says:

    Look at you gals! Sounds like a great adventure Doreen. I’m going to (seriously) try my first glass of wine + chocolate now.

    Dark choco + boxed wine; let you know how it goes.

    If money were “no object” I would definitely be out in Napa too :)
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    • Doreen
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      Hi Greg: Just to clarify, not all wine goes with all chocolate. As I say in the post, and allude to in my book, the pairings must be deliberate and purposeful. i.e. not any wine will go with every kind of chocolate.

      Here is a sure match you might like to try: Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt bar pairs very nicely with a Malbec from Argentina. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

  9. Patricia Weber
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    Thanks for sharing this fabulous time with us. I could smell the chocolate and taste the wine. How I am going to work now?? What a wonderful gift to be able to meet up with fellow online bloggers. That’s enough to to enjoy!
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  10. A.K.Andrew
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    Wow! Sounds like a fabulous trip Doreen, and so sorry I missed it this time. It’s great for me to hear about Meadowcroft wines in Sonoma . It is more laid back in Sonoma, but there’s a lot of wineries, so it’s great to have a recommendation. I’ll let you know when we’ve been.
    Happy New Year Doreen:-)
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    • Doreen
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      Thanks, A.K. Happy New Year to you as well.

      Yes, it’s such a shame that we were so close in meeting, but it didn’t happen. Well, if my dream comes true and Chocolatour is the big success I know it should be, I’ll be back in CA before you know it! Looking forward to it. :-)

  11. Donna Janke says:

    Wow. Sounds like a lot of fun. I want to make that trip now.
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  12. Oh, yummy. This sounds like a delightfully decadent time. And you got to hang with our fellow bloggers! I think I would have enjoyed the Meadowcraft outing the best, not only because of the serenade (bonus!) but also the wine plus cheese plus chocolate. Really, does anyone need anything else?!
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    • Doreen
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      You bet, Krysyna! I could have definitely spent the entire day at Meadowcroft. It had a wonderful vibe, and the wines were terrific, too. Happy New Year to you.

  13. Jeri
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    Looks like a lovely time was had by all. I’ve only been to California wine country once, but would love to go again someday. There’s so much to see and do and eat and drink!
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    • Doreen
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      For sure, Jeri. I could easily have spent 2 weeks there. California is such an amazing state. So much variety of experiences to be had! I definitely hope to return soon.

  14. Jason B
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    It looks like you had a wonderful time. I have never been to California wine country, but this post makes me want to go.
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  15. Becc says:

    All I can say is that I am green with envy!
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    • Doreen
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      Don’t be envious, Becc! I see you live in Australia. There is some cocoa being grown in Australia, and you now have some artisanal chocolate being produced there. Have you tried Daintree?

      The nice thing about artisanal and bean-to-bar chocolate is that it is usually chemical, additive, and allergen free.
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  16. I’m green with envy Doreeen

  17. Penny Sadler says:

    Doreen, I so wish I’d done this when I visited Napa Valley in March. I did have a chocolate and wine pairing at Castello amorosa which was divine. My favorite food combo.
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