Chocolate-Cabernet Truffles


These bittersweet chocolate-cabernet truffles are incredibly decadent ... and perfect with a glass of our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. This recipe makes 75 truffles; go ahead and freeze what you don't serve, then just bring to room temperature and apply the final coating of cocoa powder before serving.

For Centers
14 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup 2002 Round Pond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
2 tablespoons crème de cacao
2 tablespoons crème de cassis
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

For Coating
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

To Finish
1 cup cocoa powder


For Centers: Place chocolate in a glass or stainless steel bowl. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring wine, crème de cacao, crème de cassis and salt to a simmer. Add heavy whipping cream and return to a simmer. Remove from heat.

Pour hot cream mixture over chopped chocolate and stir until smooth. Chill in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or until firm. Fill a pastry bag with the cooled chocolate. Pipe table grape-sized mounds onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate 1 hour, then roll each mound between your palms to form perfect spheres. Refrigerate 15 minutes to set centers before dipping.

For Coating: Melt coating chocolate in a stainless steel bowl over simmering water, stirring frequently, until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Using two forks, submerge centers into coating chocolate and remove. Place on a wire rack to set slightly. Refrigerate approximately 15 minutes to harden. You also can freeze truffles in an airtight container for up to a month.

To Finish: When all truffles are dipped, rolled and cooled, toss in cocoa powder to coat. If frozen, allow truffles to come to room temperature before final coating. Serve alone or with Round Pond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon.

Makes 75 truffles


Eric Maczko, Executive Chef

Written by Eric Maczko, Executive Chef

I love organic gardening in my Backyard Garden/Vineyard where I have 55 Albarino Vines and Seasonal Vegetables and Fruits, walks with my Yorkie named LaTour and golfing. My guilty pleasures are Doritos and Mountain Dew first thing in the morning - I don't do coffee...

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