SIP Certified and Sheila Kearns Chocolates; The Perfect Pairing
Developing relationships, creating content, and enjoying culinary delights are all important aspects of running a successful wine brand, not to mention some of the more fun elements. When looking for complimentary brands to partner with, it’s vital that your ethos and overall philosophies are aligned. SIP Certified recently partnered with Sheila Kearns Chocolates in San Luis Obispo to create pairings for a few SIP Certified wines. Kearns’ chocolates are in step with the tenets of SIP Certified as they are ethically sourced, organic, and in eco-friendly packaging. It was a blast to work with Sheila and sommelier Racheal Ponce on these absolutely delicious pairings.
J. Wilkes Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley
Mexican hot chocolate spice-cinnamon and all-spice with flakes sea salt and candied chillies
Crū Winery Albariño
Peanut butter and milk chocolate Bon Bon, topped with toasted sesame
Baileyana “The Architects” Pinot Noir
Dark chocolate covered fluffy marshmallow, garam cracker mousse
When working with an artisan like Sheila, it’s best to let their creative side shine and have confidence in their work. We happily handed the wines off to her and were completely blown away by the inventiveness of the pairings. Be it chocolates, savory dishes, or other creative fare, working with a local artisan helps your brand’s reach, develop creative content to use across a multitude of platforms, and helps consumers contextualize your wines’ flavor profiles. Major wins all across the board!
Sheila Kearns, The Luxury Chocolatier