Californian winemakers have blended their passions for wine, chocolate, and sustainability to create Vine to Bar – a premium dark chocolate that includes superfood ingredient WellVine Chardonnay Marc.
Upcycled from the spent grapes of the winemaking process, Chardonnay Marc tempers the bitter notes in rich dark chocolate and brings beneficial nutrients that can contribute to better gut and heart health, delivering on a better-for-you, indulgent experience, says Ralph Jermone, Chocolatier and former head of global innovation at Mars, who is the chief innovation officer at Vine to Bar.
“We call Vine to Bar the ‘winemaker’s chocolate’ to acknowledge the path this new chocolate has taken to arrive,” said Jerome. “It was born from the vision of winemakers, who spent over a decade working to capture the vibrancy of pressed wine grapes in an ingredient that will one day enhance lots of different products. It’s only fitting that our first products to launch share ancient history – wine and chocolate.”
Jerome said that, as two of the most celebrated products of fermentation, wine and chocolate have always been a natural pairing. Vine to Bar elevates the experience of dark chocolate and marries well with wines ranging from whites to rosés to more traditional red pairings.
Chardonnay Marc brings a natural sweetness to Vine to Bar products that softens the dark chocolate’s bitter edge, Jerome explained.
The result is premium dark chocolate with a flavour that is balanced by the natural, wine grape-derived fruitiness. Vine to Bar chocolates contain 100% pure cocoa butter, natural flavours and ingredients, and no palm oil, no soy, and no GMOs.
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