On Labor Day, 2014, I attended the Winery 101 Sneak Peek. Winery 101 is Gavin Gallifant, of Gallifant Cellars, new tasting room on the West Side of Phoenix. He is still putting it together, so this was a pre-grand-opening event. In this tasting room he features all of his wines from both Gallifant Cellars and SouthPaw Cellars.
Gavin sources his grapes primarily from the Willcox area. What I like about Gavin’s wines is that he’s made extra effort to capture the flavor of the earth – the unique terroir of Arizona. We have very dry soil here, and it lends a certain spiciness to the wine. Gavin has captured that flavor in several of his wines.
Of course, I took along chocolate, and of course, I paired it with the wines.
This time I took several dark chocolates, with various levels of cocoa. Reason: as more cocoa is added, the chocolate becomes less sweet. This is good for various types of wines. Darker chocolates pair well with stronger wines, such as Syrah.
I chose five wine: three reds and two whites; four from Gallifant Cellars and one from Southpaw Cellars.
Here’s how they paired:
|Gallifant Cellars 2012 Zinfandel||Milk Chocolate|
|Gallifant Cellers 2010 Petite Sirah||Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate, 60% cocoa|
|Gallifant Cellers 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon||Chocolove Organic dark, 55% cocoa|
|Gallifant Cellers 2012 Chenin Blanc||Milk Chocolate|
|SouthPaw Cellars 2013 Summer Sippin’ white||Milk Chocolate|
The variety of chocolates paired shows the range of flavors and expressions that Gavin has captured in his wines. Each wine has its own unique characteristic, and therefore each pairs with a different type of chocolate.
So check out Gavin’s wines at Winery 101. The tasting room is at 9299 W. Olive Ave, Suite 101, Peoria AZ. Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Winery101. He’s going to be holding a Grand Opening in October, so you want to be sure to be there.