You may have heard of Chocolate Rain, you may have heard of Hot Chocolate if you were born before 1980, and you''ll definitely have heard of hot chocolate, the milk-cocoa combo drink best enjoyed in winter. But have you heard of chocolate wine?
In the run up to Christmas and with full awareness of people's penchant for drinking and eating themselves silly over the festive period, budget supermarket chain ALDI has released Rubis Chocolate Wine, a 15% belter which can be found in its dessert wine section.
While it might sound like a gimmick, the wine, or Chine, if you will, picked up the "Silver Outstanding" award at the International Wine & Spirit Competition and is described as being closer to a port than a cheeky glass of light Merlot, which is a type of wine for those of you scratching your heads, assuming I'm suddenly talking about a Game of Thrones character. It was described as a "very off-the-wall alternative to port", by The Whiskey Exchange.
At only £9.99 (£13), the wine isn't bad value. Christmas may be the season of silly foodstuffs but this actually looks like a genuinely deece addition to the Christmas food line-up, and I'll certainly be combining it with my breaded pork sprouts, pigs in blankets (actual pigs, actually deep fried in blankets) and turkey. The animal. Not the country. That would be both ridiculous and rude to the nation of Turkey.
The German supermarket seems to be leading the way with Christmas goodies, with a series of hampers ranging from the £19.99 (£26) mark to a more expensive £99.99 (£132), which includes three bottles of wine, a bottle of bubbly, Christmas cake, chocolate, Panettone, pudding, two types of crackers and a packet of mince pies.
Sounds amazing, but I know what I'll be doing this Christmas at around 4pm: listening to Hot Chocolate, drinking chocolate wine. In my special Christmas pants. Fupping bliss.
Words: Ronan O'Shea
Featured Image Credit: ALDI