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NOT ALL DARK CHOCOLATE IS THE SAME…


Tcho Organic Chocolate is unique; consider the way coffee beans are roasted to create different blends or Wine grapes after Harvest, Tcho Organic Chocolate takes the Cacao bean and roasts them into unique dark richness, creating healthy flavors such as Citrus, Nutty, Dark and Fruity. The chocolate does not contain fruit or nuts, only the essence they have derived from roasting the Cacao beans. The variety includes Roasted Cacao Nibs, “Citrus” Madagascar, terrific for cooking.

I have been making chocolate for the past year and when I came to Tcho, there was no looking back. A unique and healthy choice of culinary deliciousness that benefits you with each bite you take.

The cacao plant, to be more precise contains cell-protective photochemical, more commonly referred to as “antioxidants.” Researchers have discovered that a standard dark chocolate candy bar contains about twice as much antioxidants as a glass of red wine. (LiveStrong.com)

Chocolate contains large amounts of antioxidants that protect the heart, lower blood pressure, improve cognition, and are an anti-inflammatory that effect mood elevation. Phytochemicals in chocolate may also prevent cancer. Now, take a bite!

Available at Whole Foods & www.tcho.com

SANTA RITA HILLS – AN ORGANIC TASTY WEEKEND…


Organic has never tasted so good. Who knew just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, CA the mecca of Pinot Noir is at our fingertips. Santa Barbara 2007 awarded CLOS PEPE Winery with the Green Award, the only one given each year, quite an honor.

GREEN CAN TASTE GOOD! Just a few hours beyond Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills beauty is matched by the fragrant, rich, organic vines that align the blue water colored skies. Describing the birth of a wine culture is a vastly underrepresented phenomenon: the culinary craft and the people creating it in Santa Rita Hills share their labor and produce a community of unique wines, rich with personalities, and experienced wine makers.

Wes Hagen is an award-winning winemaker and wine grower for 10+ years at Clos Pepe Vineyards, recognized by the Wine Spectator as one of the Top 30 Pinot Noir Producers in California.  Wes has also judged wine professionally for 10 years, was the Central Coast Winegrowers Association Grower of the Year, 2000-2001, has produced wines rated 93-95 points by national wine pubs, is an avid wine educator and has been writing for Winemaker magazine for 7 years.

Wine making in Santa Rita Hills is a family business. Brewer Clifton Wines and Palomino Winery is a husband and wife team, with a growing family that continue to grow beautiful children, and elegant and stellar award winning Chardonnay and Pinot Nior Wines.

For a Parabenfreeandorganic weekend retreat, check out Santa Rita Hills, CA.

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