• Sexual Chocolate: Why didn’t I think of that?

    by Richard Oh

    Two wine-loving guys who developed a “bro-mance” through a common drinkable interest conceive SLO Down Wines. Chip and Brandon met at Cal Poly five years ago and shortly after their chance encounter, and many compelling experiences in the wine and viticulture world, these two accidental geniuses developed a wine with a single goal; conquer the world by creating a wine for the newest generation of wine drinkers. They brought out a wine called Sexual Chocolate. Yes, Sexual Chocolate. Why didn’t I think of that?

    Two vintages and 762 cases later, the boys at SLO Down Wines found themselves on display in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, sweeping the beverage categories at SF International Chocolate Salon with four golds and a bronze, and a swelling list of accounts.

    Brandon grew up in Ventura and moved to San Luis Obispo to further his schooling at Cal Poly. He is not your average guy. Brandon is charismatic, fun, entertaining, articulate, intelligent, and sophisticated. On top of that, he makes wine — Sexual Chocolate wine!

    Bo completed the “Three Amigos.” The decision to bring Bo aboard was made after 13.2 seconds of consideration due to his dashing good looks and Bio-Chemical background. However, it couldn’t last forever… and so Chip and SLO Down Wines have parted ways. And so they went back to the dynamic duo.

    Bo has the looks to match his intelligence. He went to school in Louisville and studied Biochemistry and Math. He more looks like a surfer-dude than a scientist. I think he developed that look on his treks out to California. He now lives on the West Coast and makes wine for SLO Down Wines. Bo has made strides working with Brandon and is looking forward to their next vintage.

    Let’s not forget Ethan. He is an investor as well as handles the general business operations, oversight, and acts as an adviser. I guess you can say it’s back to the “Three Amigos.” Ethan grew up in Pacific Grove. He also owns a construction company called Hare Construction. They specialize in both commercial and residential construction.

    The wine:

    Sexual Chocolate is a blend of Syrah and Zinfandel. It’s an integration old vine Zinfandel from Napa’s Howell Mountain with warm climate Santa Barbara Syrah. The Zinfandel presents a rich, warm feel that could be confused with biting into a chocolate covered cherry, while the Syrah adds a smooth, deep and refined finish. It has nice hues of rubies and blackberries. I get muted spices and anise, plums, hints of bacon, with a lingering jamminess on the finish. It paired nicely with the rib and BBQ sauce that I made using the Sexual Chocolate. As the boys say: “Sexual Chocolate pairs well with late nights, friends, and a second bottle of Sexual Chocolate of course.” You better get some soon. They only have a few cases left of the 2010 vintage. You can pick some up at Constance The Wine Room on the corner of Ocean and Lincoln, Carmel.

    BBQ Sauce

    • 1 ¼ cup Sexual Chocolate Wine
    • 1 cup Ketchup
    • ½ cup dark brown sugar
    • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
    • black pepper and chili powder to taste

    Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Stir every couple minutes. Simmer at low heat for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally…

    Let it cool then brush onto the ribs. For best results, let it sit overnight in a jar. This allows all the ingredients to integrate better. It makes enough for a rack and a half.


    Dry rub the ribs with your favorite grill spices but don’t over do it. Preheat the grill on medium heat. Grill the ribs for 7 minutes covered. Turn the ribs over and let sit for 8 minutes. Turn the ribs over and brush on the BBQ sauce and let sit for 5 minutes then turn over and brush the other side for 5 minutes without the cover. Repeat the last step one more time. Add a salad and cornbread as I have done or any other sides you prefer. Enjoy the rest of bottle of Sexual Chocolate with your meal and don’t forget to share.

    richard 8-17

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 17, 2012

    Topics: Oh, Have A Taste!


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