Book parties drenched in chocolate and red wine!   Life is good for the launch of CHOCOLATE BLISS.  The official, kick-off book party was at Skylight Books in my LA neighborhood of Los Feliz.  I presented a mini-lecture on chocolate’s origins and the legends of the gods that inspire chocolate’s official name “Food of the Gods”.  Then we compared dark chocolates and red wines, considering their fruit notes, terroir and craftsmanship.  We paired Valrhona 70% Guanaja Les Feves with Les Heretiques red – both made in the Rhone region of France (although Valrhona’s beans come from all over the world of course).  Then Scharffen Berger’s 70% dark with Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel – both from northern California.  Finally, Barry-Callebaut’s Tanzanie from eastern Africa with The Wolftrap, Syrah from South Africa.  We popped a few bottles of champagne, passed out some Valrhona milk chocolate and called it a night.  CHOCOLATE BLISS sold out and made the top ten list of best-selling non-fiction books at the store….EVER!!  Thanks to all who joined in this event, and Skylight Books, the type of independent bookstore that every neighborhood should have.

Next stop on the tour:  Beverly Hills for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Luxe Hotel, Studio City Holiday Boutique, then on to New York and Massachusetts.

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