Phillip Ashley Rix is a talented Memphis-based chocolatier, and owner of Phillip Ashley Chocolates. The passion behind his exquisite artistry is evident in each meticulously handcrafted chocolate. Once donned the “Real Life Willy Wonka” by FORBES magazine, this expert chocolatier’s imagination knows no limits. Each season he debuts a new batch of whismsical flavors and designs that would excite the most discerning of chocolate lovers.
This season newest flavors made their first appearance in late June, and I was honored to get the opportunity to taste. Included as a part of his Signature Collection, I got to sample some of his best sellers as well as some new to the scene. As an added bonus, I also received box of his limited edition Galaxy Collections.
Pairing chocolates with wine is one of my favorite pastimes and the opportunity to pair my favorites from both collections with my some of favorite local wines was a truly divine experience.
Get a glimpse of my pairing suggestions below.
Wine and Chocolate Pairing with Phillip Ashley Chocolates
When pairing wine and chocolate it’s essential to find flavor profiles that match, and compliment one another. Tasting from light to dark (both wine and chocolates) helps to ease your palate and ensures you do not become too overwhelmed with the variety of flavor profiles. Below find my ideal combinations for each collection, based on my favorite chocolates.
The Signature Collection
Strawberry Balsamic Basil paired with PDX Chardonnay
Lillet Lemonade paired with Nissley Vidal Blanc
Pink Grapefruit Rosebud Mimosa paired with Pinnacle Ridge Brut Rose
Smoked Rum Pecan – Penns Woods Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve
11 Years Age Whiskey – Blue Mountain ’15 Pinot Noir
The Galaxy Collection
Planet Earth (Pistachio Honey Nocello) – Crossing Vineyard Riesling
Constellation (Maraschino Whiskey Cordials) – Chaddsford ’16 The Red Standard
Milky Way (Goat Cheese Salted Caramel) – Heritage Chambourcin 2013
Visit phillipashleychocolates.com to learn more about this wonderful brand, and to order some amazing chocolates!