Alchymist Noir Red Blend and Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Wow, I haven’t had a Wine or Recipe post in quite some time!  So I am really excited to share this post with you.

I will start with the wine.  This is the 2014 Alcyhmist Noir Red Blend from Paso Robles, California.


This is a full bodied wine that has a little bit of earthiness and woodiness and a ton of fruitiness.  It is made from Syrah, Barbera and Valdiguie grapes.  It…

presents aromas of dark cherry, strawberry and blackberry.  On the palate, it’s all dark chocolate and chocolate-covered cherries.  The berry notes contribute a luscious jamminess, complemented by a velvety mouth feel…

Suggested accompaniments are BBQ ribs, honey baked ham, teriyaki chicken and brie.  Of course I will not be having any of the meat, but I LOVE brie.


The wine came with a card with a recipe that would go well with the wine; therefore that is the second part of this post.  The recipe is for Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles.  Right up my alley!

You will need 2 cups of Medjool dates.


I had never eaten dates before so this was exciting.

Then you need bittersweet chocolate, all chopped up.


Coconut oil. My favorite oil to cook and bake with.


Unsweetened cocoa powder.


Cayenne, Cinnamon and Kosher Salt


Pit the dates and put everything in a blender or food processor.  My blender does not work well for this kind of thing, but I had to make do.


Then you roll the mixture into little balls and then roll them in more cocoa powder.  Don’t roll them with too much powder because then the outside becomes chalky and its hard to get through.


Yum!  And they did go great with the wine!



Wine information and recipe from Club W.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles Recipe


  • 2 Cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, softened
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne


  1. Pop everything in a food processor, and pulse together into a paste.  With lightly oiled hands, roll the paste into small balls.  Roll in cocoa powder to finish.

Note: If you can’t find fresh dates, soak the packaged dates in hot water for 10 minutes, then dry completely.  This will help soften them up.


Earth Fare has fresh dates.  😉


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