Chocolate, Cheese and Wine – Oh My!

You had to see it coming.

Chocolate, Cheese and Wine - Oh My! / Bev Cooks

I don’t think there’s anything greater in this life than a) those three words back to back, and b) eating those three words side by side.

And let me just say, I’m no cheeseboard pro! Because I feel like it’s all in the mix and match, try this and try that, whoa that’s incredible, wait no that doesn’t work, throw your life away, marry me. Right?

So! We had our besties over last weekend, and I forced upon them four of my favorite Roth cheeses, four different kinds of chocolate, and four different wines.

Not one moutheth complaineth, I say you.

Chocolate, Cheese and Wine - Oh My! / Bev Cooks

Before I get started, I have a question. For you locals. IF I were to host a little happy hour and show you how to put together a charcuterie board, would you be interested? Would you come and hold my hand and pat my head and call me Frank?

Just. . . throwing it out there.

Chocolate, Cheese and Wine - Oh My! / Bev Cooks

Okay! So yeah, I paired up a cheese to a chocolate to a wine to some fruit, and just went in all willy nilly. What I’ll do HERE is show you what we liked, but also, some notes for each pairing, in case you decide to do this Thursday or today or now.

First up (and this was a strong fave <not fav>), was Roth’s award-winning alpine-style Grand Cru! I put it with some milk chocolate and a good grassy Sauvignon Blanc and we all wept like dang babies. Also, honey sesame almonds and the acidity of orange slices were pretty dern fab.

I WILL say, Ash preferred the dark chocolate over the milk. Which I totally get.

But you should have seen me trying to get them all to bite the chocolate and then the cheese immediately after and THEN sip and swish the wine all at once. Hilarious. But hey, man, that’s the way you do it!

No there are no videos, let the dream die.

Chocolate, Cheese and Wine - Oh My! / Bev Cooks

Next up! Roth’s deliciously creaaaaamy havarti. Omg. A crowd favorite for its mellow buttery-ness, and freakin’ delightful paired with a dark coffee chocolate and a rich Malbec. (I can feel your collective head nod.)

I also tucked in some dried mango and beet chips (so earthy and toasty!) and everyone’s eyes rolled back into their heads with glee.

Chocolate, Cheese and Wine - Oh My! / Bev Cooks

Theeeeen it was time for Roth’s dreamy, slightly sweet gouda. Holy cow. Put that in your face with a nibble of dark (or milk! we loved milk, too!) chocolate, a white table cracker and a fizzy champagne. WHY IS SINNING SO DELISH.

Seth thought the sweetness of the milk chocolate played off the rustic quality of the gouda really well. And I was like, DEUUUUUM, SAYETH all high pitched and loud.

He left shortly after.

Chocolate, Cheese and Wine - Oh My! / Bev Cooks

And finally! Roth’s unbelievable Buttermilk Blue. (best blue there is!) When you drizzle raw honey over it, and eat it with a darkish chocolate with sea salt on it, and swish it around with a fabulous dry rosé in your mouth?

Stop it. Shut it. It’s over for you. Goodbye forever.

Chocolate, Cheese and Wine - Oh My! / Bev Cooks

Of course after the official pairings, all “rules” go out the window and you just start putting thiiiiis with thaaaaaat and refill my roséeeeeeeee and let’s look at old photos of us from the ’90s YADA YADA YADA.

That’s what’s fun about it. (besides photos from the ’90s) Try on as many different combos and see what your tongue digs! We should start a band called Tongue Di- you know what, never mind.

Chocolate, Cheese and Wine - Oh My! / Bev Cooks

I was there, too. Although I’m in none of the photos. And I had on the CUTEST outfit. All cream and white, with a caramel flat. Hair in a low, loose pony. A bright coral lip. You should have seen it. PEE-ISSED I forgot to get a photo. I blame the rosé.

Chocolate, Cheese and Wine - Oh My! / Bev Cooks

Will, it’s tannin. Two n’s.

Chocolate, Cheese and Wine - Oh My! / Bev Cooks

Do you ever do this? Host little this and that pairings? If you do, tell me your fave combos! Are you a dried fruit lover, or do you stick with fresh all the way? Ohhhhhh I SHOULD HAVE HAD A SPICY NUT GOSH DARN IT.

It’s fine.

I’m fine.

Chocolate, Cheese and Wine - Oh My! / Bev Cooks

And there we have it! A super simple (but elegant!) Valentine’s Day idea, when you have less than zero time to plan. Four cheeses from Roth, four chocolate variations, and four wines. And then add a scattering of fruits, nuts and/or crackers, and LOOK AT YOU ALL FANCY LIKE, GUUUUUURL. (also, put some old school jingly jazz on. light candles. and wear that bright coral lip. natch.)

(This post is definitely in partnership with my lover, Roth Cheese. But all ramblings and cheese snarfings are totally my own. We coo?)

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17 Responses to Chocolate, Cheese and Wine – Oh My!

  1. Amanda February 12, 2019 at 8:58 am #
    I would totally come if you did something like that in KC! I’m about an hour and a half outside of town, but my parents live in OP :)
  2. Sarah February 12, 2019 at 9:16 am #
    Yay I love cheese boards! They are basically therapeutic to arrange. @thatcheeseboard on insta is great for inspiration. @cheesebynumbers is the same person showing what order to put things down on your cheeseboard to fill in all the gaps! Also, highly recommend a chunk of honeycomb on your cheeseboard, absolute game changer! I bought a honeycomb at the Dallas farmers market for $15 and you only need a small piece. It lasts forever!
    • Bev Weidner February 12, 2019 at 9:59 am #
      Honeycomb - YESSSSSS. Once the markets are open, I'm on it!
  3. Jacquie Becher February 12, 2019 at 9:18 am #
    Great looking charcuterie board!! But no baseball caps at the table please. I know you can tell that to children because it's your home, with adults it is harder. Maybe they'll read my post and learn that :)
    • Bev Weidner February 12, 2019 at 9:58 am #
      Ha! Well, I'm all about people being comfortable in my home. Caps don't really bother me. But not wearing shoes does. ;)
  4. Christine February 12, 2019 at 9:23 am #
    I live in KC and would bring my gang to learn cheers arrangements :)
  5. Reagan February 12, 2019 at 10:10 am #
    Yes I would totally drag a friend with me for that!
  6. Trisha Fugere February 12, 2019 at 10:51 am #
    You are speaking my love language! You can count me in!
  7. Laura Lee February 12, 2019 at 12:16 pm #
    I think you ARE a spicy nut Bev!?
  8. Joyce February 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm #
    Beautiful......Delicious..... In that one pix, I think you could say.... "It looks like the cactus Is going to attackkus" (groan)
  9. Nancy February 12, 2019 at 3:12 pm #
    I imagine Aaron couldn't fully participate not liking cheese and all :( Looks like he's drinking something other than wine, too. Don't you love how your readers go all in and look at every little thing? :) This is a gorgeous board and those sesame almonds look really good. I thought they were olives until you said what they were. I love how you use jars for wine glasses, too. So cool. If I lived remotely close to KC, I'd come to your party!
    • Bev Weidner February 13, 2019 at 11:45 am #
      Ha!! So you're right - Aaron had none to do with the cheese portion of this tasting. :) But! He's drinking wine. You might be seeing the little blue cup he's holding on to, which was Will's milk. But yeah, he drank the wine!
  10. Megan February 12, 2019 at 4:13 pm #
    Bev I’m flyin out to KC if you’re hosting!
  11. Margaret Thompson February 12, 2019 at 5:10 pm #
    I would be there in a flash! Great ideas for when RT returns!
  12. Sara February 13, 2019 at 6:06 pm #
    Love it! What Sauvignon blanc and Pinot noir did you serve? I must know! ☺️
    • Sara February 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm #
      Oh wait, you didn’t say just tell me your favorite Pinot please!
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