The Chocolate Block

We’ve been so busy lately with new releases, big wine events and with life in general that we hadn’t been able to visit our favorite wine bar, Vino Bello, in awhile. So it was great to see owner Michele Smith again last weekend.

As usual, Michele had some special surprises in store for us in her frequently changing wine menu that always has something for everyone. We also had a taste of a unique wine called The Chocolate Block 2006 made by Boekenhoutskloof from Western Cape, South Africa.

As Michele aptly described it, “The Chocolate Block has a lot going on.” Its name comes from the spicy dark chocolate profile that the wine displays. There are also strong dark berry flavors in this unique blend of Syrah (55%), Grenache Noir (17%), Cinsault (15%), Cab Sauv (9%) and Viognier (4%).

The Chocolate Block is rich and robust with balanced, smooth tanins. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever tasted. And it reminded us of yet another reason why we will be going back to Vino Bello again soon. Hope to see you there!

Margot and Dave

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Margot started writing about wine decades ago as a national journalist in Canada and the U.S. She and Dave created this website in 2007. Originally, the website introduced people to wines in Washington state, the second-largest wine region in the U.S. But over the years, the site expanded to feature other wine regions in the U.S., Canada, and in the world. If you like to read about standout wine and winery stories, then Write for Wine is for you.