On a recent wander through World Market I was headed for a freshly-opened check out line when I did a honest-to-Bacchus double take. Near the registers was a display of something that looked like chocolate milk in a wine bottle, selling for $11.99.
The cashier informed me that it was actually pretty good and I wavered. I figured, for twelve bucks I could give in to my curiosity.
From the label:
The taste of dutch chocolate and find red wine
Product of Holland * 14% Alcohol/Volume
Imported by Clever Imports LLC
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Consume within six months of opening.
Shake well, store in a cool dark place.
Do not mix with acidic drinks!
It was a couple of days before we had a chance to open it’s screw-top lid. Poured into glasses it still looked like chocolate milk and, when swirled, resembled oily chocolate milk. I know that doesn’t sound very appetizing and, yet…
The taste is distinctive–rich, definitely chocolate, with a hint of something stronger underneath. Todd suggested Kahlua and I had to agree that it was reminiscent of a Mudslide but further sipping made me think of a melted Wendy’s Frosty. Only spiked.
We’ve sipped it on two occasions and still have a third of a bottle left–it’s pretty potent stuff. Unlike a bottle of red wine which you could sip on over the course of an evening, CocoVine is a dessert in and of itself and best in small doses.