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To warm up during those cold days, hot chocolate is great on its own, but add a bit of Norton wine, and it becomes a new way to experience Missouri's most notable red wine.
By Taylor Fox
Before you doze off after that big holiday dinner, take a different spin on hot chocolate by adding some red wine, specifically of the Norton variety.
The Norton grape, the official grape of Missouri, is said to have put Missouri winemaking on the map. In 1873, a Norton made by a vineyard south of St. Louis was named the best red wine in the world at a competition in Vienna, Austria.
Founded during the nineteenth century in Virginia and eventually taking root in Missouri near Hermann and Augusta, Norton wines are known for their dark-red color, and bold, spiced taste. The dry sensation pairs perfectly with berries and dark chocolate, making this wine the secret ingredient to hot chocolate for an adults-only night in.
Highlighting Missouri’s wine pride, I used a 2012 Norton from Noboleis Vineyards in Augusta. The deep varietal was aged for eight months in oak barrels on-site, giving the final product a smoky and fruity flavor.
Norton Hot Chocolate
Makes two mugs:
- 6 teaspoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 10 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2/3 cup your favorite Norton
- 2 cups milk
Bring wine to a simmer over low heat. In a separate bowl, combine cocoa powder with brown sugar. Then, add a small amount of milk, and stir until a paste is formed. Add the rest of the milk, and stir well. Stir the cocoa powder and milk mixture into the wine and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat once boiling slightly, and serve.