Over Valentine’s Day weekend, Mrs. Sip and I were able to attend two separate events in Langley, one pairing chocolate with wine and the other pairing chocolate with beer. Is there any better way to celebrate the holiday!?
First, on Saturday, we visited Township 7 Winery, where $15 got guests six generous samples of wine, four of which were paired with a chocolate treat from the White Rock Chocolate Company. Among the pairings were:
- Sauvignon Blanc with Sea Salt & Lime Chocolate
- Chardonnay with Brown Butter Caramel Chocolate
- Merlot with choice of Cinnamon Chocolate or Chili Chocolate
- NBO Blend with Black Cherry Silk Chocolate
The Sip Advisor’s favourite combo was the Merlot with the Chili Chocolate, as the spice of the chocolate was switched into overdrive with each sip of the wine. That said, the best chocolate overall was the Brown Butter Caramel Chocolate.
Next up, on Sunday, Mrs. Sip and I ventured out to Trading Post Brewing, which had just opened the day before to massive line-ups, as enthusiasts wanted to check out Langley’s first true craft brewery (Dead Frog Brewing is technically located in the neighbouring community of Aldergrove). Mrs. Sip and I had originally hoped to be one of the first guests of the new operation, but long waits and other commitments kiboshed that idea. Trading Post did offer a great incentive upon opening: the first 50 visitors to bring a bottle or can of macro-brewed beer, could exchange that for a free growler from the upstart brewery.
The extra day’s wait was worth it, as we were able to partake in Trading Post’s Valentine’s Day chocolate and beer pairing. While we were able to sample each of the six beers available at launch (another two are in the works), each brew was paired with a chocolate from Abbotsford’s ChocolaTas. The pairings included:
- 1827 Helles Lager with Grapefruit Ganache Chocolate
- Derby Hop Session Lager with Pistachio Mousse Chocolate
- Owyhee Tropical Wheat Ale with Green Curry and Ginger Chocolate
- Capt. Coopers Cranberry Ale with Basil Tomato & Raspberry Chocolate
- What Cheer Brett IPA with Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate
- Three Bears Breakfast Stout with Dark Chocolate Ganache Chocolate
Our mutual favourite combo was probably the Brett IPA and Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate. As for beers, I also enjoyed the Derby Hop Session Lager and Tropical Wheat Ale, while I found myself really getting into the Green Curry and Ginger Chocolate. Some of the ChocolaTas creations are quite unique, but I can only imagine they taste as good as all of these selections did.
The entire weekend proved that you really can’t go wrong with chocolate!