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Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice, and Lore for the Ardent Aficionado by Jonathan Alsop (2010) provides today’s recipe and wine pairing. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I thought the readers would appreciate this.

Chocolate Bruschetta:

1 crusty baguette

olive oil, to taste

sea salt, to taste

1 bar of chocolate  (8 oz)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Slice baguette into 12 (1/2 inch) oval slices. Arrange them on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Place generous amount of chocolate on each slice and bake in oven for 5-10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Wine Pairing:

Zonin Primo Amore Juliet:  7.5% alcohol, white semi-sparkling

Zonin Primo Amore Romeo: 8.5 % alcohol, red semi-sparkling

These refreshing table wines from the Zonin family in Italy will surprise and delight your sweetheart. Take a lesson in amore from the Italians! Primo Amore wines are made near Verona, Italy, home of the real-life couple who inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Romeo is made from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Malvasia Rossa. Juliet is a blend of two aromatic white grapes; 70% Garganega and 30% Moscato.

Saint Valentine’s Day (commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day) is an annual commemoration held on February 14th celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs, Valentine. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (“valentines”). The day first became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

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Fun fact:


In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.

Source:  KATHLEEN DAVIS DEC 15, 2016 -Woman’s Day