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Wine is Fine, but in Coffee, it's Divine

A marriage between vintage varietals & estate-grown beans.
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I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when someone handed me a container of wine-infused coffee. I’ve heard of wine-filled chocolate truffles, wine-flavored pasta and pasta sauce and even Cabernet sorbet. But coffee?

I was pleasantly surprised. The folks at Café d’Vine have managed to successfully marry the flavors of organic, estate-grown Arabica and Tipica coffee from the mountains of Peru and vintage wine varietals from the Napa and Sonoma Valley. Not a flavored coffee, Café d Vine is an intense infusion of flavors and aromas. The beans are custom-roasted according to recipes that have been specifically paired to each of the wine varietals. Next, a two-stage infusion process allows the beans to absorb and capture the essential oils, antioxidants, fruit sugars and aromas of the wine while the alcohol is removed.

The coffee beans are hand harvested from sustainably managed estates. They are Fair Trade and have the stamp of approval from both the Rainforest Alliance and Bird Friendly "Shade" Coffee organizations. The environmentally conscious blends are available in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and are smooth and fruity. Flavor is at its peak when brewed in a French Press, an old-school drip or an espresso pot. (Water should not be brought to a boil but should be heated to a full simmer about 176 degrees F. to 198 degrees F.) The company claims that much of the delicate nuances will be lost if brewed through an automatic brew pot. Café d’Vine also suggests using pure water—either distilled, filtered or spring to maximize flavor. Two tablespoons of coffee for every 8-ounce (one cup) of water is recommended.

Packaged in an hermetically sealed sleeve and then placed into a stylish silver canister, the coffee makes a great hostess gift or a wonderful addition to a gift basket. Once the bag is open, the coffee should be poured directly into the container. Café d’Vine is available at select Whole Foods Markets, Hiller’s Markets and Farm Fresh Shops. You can also purchase these gourmet blends at cafedvine.com for $12 per half pound. –Nicole Potenza Denis

Nicole Denis is a regular foodspring.com contributor and is the author of foodspring’s foodie-mom blog.

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