Chocolate Wine Takes the US and UK Market By Surprise. ~ “We thought the market would be female and young, but we’ve found that it has much broader appeal,” said Andrew Browne, founder of the product, citing demand from men and women, as well as older and experienced wine drinkers. The wine uses Bordeaux-blend of grapes from California, mixed with sugar and natural chocolate.
The Darioush Estate takes a true minimal interventionist approach to their winemaking, something which I was always find refreshing to hear! All their grapes are hand-harvested and hard-sorted. Their wines are also bottled without filtration, a step which although meaning an increase in sediment and an almost hazy appearance to the wine, doesn’t strip the wine of much of its flavor and yields a much more “natural” end product
Sherry wines go through a Solera aging system. A Solera system is essentially a series of barrels that are linked, usually stacked in a pyramid form. Wine is removed from the bottom barrels, and new wine is replaced in the top, with the wine therefore being a blend of years. In this case, the oldest wine is from 1927! That’s right! 1927!!! Saying that, Alvear also make an 1830 dated Sherry.