IBM’s Chef Watson- Wine and Chocolate Truffle Pairing

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Last night I had the pleasure of working at an IBM sponsored event at Bin 36 in Chicago. “The product helps professionals across industries solve complex problems and reveal insights from large amounts of data.” (IBM) The component being highlighted (that I participated in) is called IBM Chef Watson- “a program that, using natural language processing, analyzes thousands of recipes to understand what flavor pairings work well together, creating “quintillions” of recipes at your fingertips.” They organizers worked with a chocolate maker in New York. They handcrafted 3 chocolate truffles using Chef Watson. Wines were paired with each truffle…a pleasure sensation in the mouth!! Here are the combinations of truffles and wine that I described for the guests at the reception. (All of the truffles were enrobed in dark chocolate)


Strawberry/Cranberry Truffle – Louis de Grenelle Crémant de Loire, Saumur, Loire Valley, France- sparkling brut Rosé made from 100% Cabernet Franc – juicy, bright red fruits, strawberry and a touch of floral notes
Lemon /Caramel/ Earl Grey Truffle- Malagouzia from Alpha Estate,, Turtles Vineyard, Florina, Greece -a beautiful white wine from the northwestern mountain region of Macedonia- beautiful floral aromas that lead to citrus, crisp acidity and a well balanced finish
Brown Ale/ Greek Yogurt/ Espresso/ Lime Truffle- Domaine de Pellehaut , Côtes de Gascogne, France- Ugni Blanc, Gros Manseng, Colombard blend made in a traditional terroir-based style…simply divine with the unique combination in the last truffle.
It was fun to see the reactions on the guests faces when they tasted the two together!
A unique experience!! Try it yourself…


 Once you find recipes you want to explore, go to my website: and find your perfect wine pairing!

About sommeliersusie

Owner of Tasteful Adventures- private in-home wines tastings Boisset Wine Living Ambassador- private and corporate wine tastings and direct to consumer sales, corporate gifting, Wine Educator, Sommelier- Level 1 Court of Master Sommelier, BASSETT Certification, French Wine Scholar, Member Guild of Sommeliers
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