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Old 12-21-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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Question Chocolate and Merlot?

I'm making red wine truffles as a Christmas gift for some friends, including a French wine snob. My recipe suggests using a Merlot, but I was wondering if any of you would have any other suggestions I could use. I would really like to one-up my snob-friend's expectations with some really good French red wine, but I don't know wines that well. Thanks for all your help in advance!


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Old 12-21-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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I wouldn't use high quality French wine for cooking. The best use of that is for drinking.

If you're bound and determined to use French wine, what I would look for is a value priced Merlot from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. There should be a number of options in the under-$12 category. Another good choice would be Côtes du Rhône. It's not Merlot, but is often a good value and works well for cooking.

Just don't spend too much. I can tell you from experience that your guest will never know whether you used a Grand Cru or cheap plonk once it's made its way into the dessert. I don't care how much of a snob they think they are.

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Old 12-21-2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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Thank you very much, Steve!
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