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                                                   Happy Valentine’s Day

                                                  By Glenn Sudnick, Sommelier,, (772) 332-4416

        I have become more
      aware of each precious day
      as I grow older. I think that
      is why one of my favorite
      days is and will always be
      Feb. 14.
        It is my day to reflect
      on how fortunate I am to
      have such a wonderful wife.
      So, why not celebrate with
      a great gift combination
      to celebrate our love and
      devotion together. Cyndie loves chocolate, wine and roses.
        Since being in love, a sweet surprise, I am getting her
      favorite truffles from Lake Champlain Chocolates. This   never add preservatives, extenders, or additives and work   of 45 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 38 percent Shiraz, 11
      gourmet chocolate is extraordinary. You can sense the   diligently to source non-GMO ingredients from around   percent Petit Verdot and 6 percent Merlot. The grapes are
      passion for quality in each delicious bite. It is about as   the world. Whenever possible, they use organic and fair   harvested and sorted with great care and lightly crushed
      pure as you will find in making this fine chocolate. They   trade certified ingredients. They create an assortment of   into stainless steel tanks. Natural fermentation takes place,
                                                        flavors with milk and dark chocolate. I think I will get   then the juice is placed in French oak barrels and allowed
                                                        her the 30-piece box. This way she can pick something   to undergo malolactic fermentation. It is matured for 18
                                                        different every day. I know she likes the white raspberry,   months.
                                                        champagne dark, cappuccino, and the 70 percent dark.    With hints of blackberry, cherries, cassis, just the right
                                                          With the chocolate I am choosing a bottle of Glenelly   amount of spice and concentration of flavor this will pair
                                                        Estate Reserve Red wine from Stellenbosch, South Africa.  nicely with the chocolate truffles.
                                                          We find Bordeaux, France influence all over the world.     Now to complete this trio, a dozen roses. Once they
                                                        The Glenelly Estate Vineyard is another example. In   are nicely placed on the table I can start creating a dinner
                                                        2003, at the age of 78, May de Lencquesaing, then owner   masterpiece.
                                                        of the famous Chateau Pichon Longeuville Comtesse de     The biggest challenge will be to keep Cyndie away
                                                        Laland from the Pauillac region of Bordeaux, purchased   from this month’s article until Valentine’s Day.
                                                        the estate. She replaced fruit trees with grape vines and                                   Cheers,
                                                        today is producing luscious wines. On every label on the                                     Glenn
                                                        bottle there is a 1783 stamp which signifies nearly 250
                                                        years of the family’s involvement in the wine industry.
                                                        The vineyard is sustainable. The Estate Reserve is a blend

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