Friday, May 30, 2014

A Great Pairing: Texas Wine Chocolatier Moves into New Shop in Boerne

For longtime Hill Country wine visitors, Cathy Locke has been a regular Saturday fixture. Her smiling face was often the first to greet folks at a number of wineries along the 290 trail. And what she brought with her added that extra bit of delight to already great days. Her chocolates became a regular perfect pairing to a number of Texas wines. Recently, she celebrated the grand opening of her new stand-alone shop. Now, some of Texas' best chocolates can be found at Cathy’s Fine Chocolates in historic downtown Boerne.

Cathy has been an important supporter of Texas wine, as many of her truffles are made with Texas wine. She adds great Texas wine to the chocolate ganache in the truffles. During her grand opening, she offered three Texas wine truffles: a Viogner, a Tawny Port, and DBS (McPherson’s well-liked blend). In the past, a variety of wines from a number of Texas wineries have found their way into her truffles. Texas wine favorite Tempranillo has often been one of the chosen few. And Cathy doesn’t choose just any Texas wine; she makes sure to use the best Texas wines she can.

Cathy does offer a number of other delectable truffle flavors that pair well with Texas wine. Her spicy offerings, like Habanero Sea Salt or Ghost Pepper, are the perfect blend of dark chocolate and heat that goes well with Texas whites, either dry or sweet. Texas flavors like Lavender pair well with light reds and dry whites.  And the more traditional truffle flavors go well with about any wine. Sitting out on a number of Texas winery patios sipping on wine is made better with one of Cathy’s confections.

At her new shop, Cathy has made a number of other chocolates available. Chocolate covered fruit, fudge, and other unique creations can be found at Cathy’s new location. The shop allows for a larger selection of truffles and other confections, a bonus for wine drinking chocolate lovers.

For now, Cathy won’t be found along the wine trail. Her chocolates can still be found at wineries along the trail, but to see her and her larger portfolio of chocolates, a quick trip to Boerne is all that is needed. Her quaint little shop can be found at 233 South Main Street Suite K. Visit her site and Like her on Facebook for more details. So before the next round of winery visits, stop in and stock-up on one of the best Texas wine pairings.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Anniversary Wine Release at Westcave Cellars

Saturday, May 10 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This weekend, Westcave Cellars will celebrate their 3rd anniversary. And this party has wine. Two blends, Spectrum Red and Spectrum White – will be released at the party. These two wines blend the popular varietals from the winery’s portfolio.

The winery has prepared a great afternoon. In addition to the two new releases, there will be light nibbles to pair. Also, local favorite Brittany Shane will perform out under the oaks.

And the anniversary fun will continue into the evening. Ed Kliman will debut his one-man show Music For Shakespeare from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Kilman uses his expertise in the Bard to combine some of English's greatest work into music in a range of styles. To make this more memorable, the winery suggests bringing a picnic to enjoy.

Get out of the sun and relax under the trees. Join the fun in celebrating this important milestone!