Last week I visited my favorite place: Paso Robles, the town with 250 wineries. However, instead of going wine-tasting, I went dessert-wine tasting to see what they offered. First on the list was Roxo Cellars.
Roxo (pronounced “Roe-show”) Port Cellars is a family owned winery specializing in ultra premium
Port-style wines. They make their Port-style wine using only traditional methods with minimal interference. The grapes are exclusively hand-picked and sourced from Paso Robles and Cienega Valley vineyards in California.
I tried five different ports and they were all very good. However, one in particular stands out: the 2007 Paso Melange. Yeah! That is some gooooood port!
Not for the Faint-Hearted
Strong and earthy, this is a good port for really full-flavored, not-so-sweet desserts. It has a strong spicy/earthy flavor to it, very strong fruit flavors, and a light sweetness. It can easily stand up to a good dark chocolate or even my favorite, chocolate and ancho-chili crème brulee.
Even though it’s a port, this isn’t the sweet syrupy stuff your grandma drinks. This is for strong flavors. Even the website suggests that it would go well with a good cigar, and I believe it. This is a manly-man port that doesn’t give any quarter. Strong and spicy, it’ll remind you that just because it’s a dessert wine, you aren't drinking any kind of sissy-water. It’s awesome!
So if you’d like to get some port that’ll go well with dark chocolate pots de creme, visit their website at http://www.roxocellars.com/ and order up some Paso Melange.
If you're in Paso Robles, you can visit their tasting room at 810 11th St, Paso Robles, CA. Then go get yourself a bunch of dark chocolate to go with it. Trust me, you’ll need it.
Yeah...it's that good!