Give Thanks with Kenwood Vineyards and Homemade Pinot Noir Truffles #ShareYourTable

Last Updated on August 30, 2016 by Diane Hoffmaster

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It seems like every time I sit down to watch TV or read something online this week I am inundated with ads for Black Friday shopping.  Or, even worse in my mind…Black THURSDAY!  The retail world is taking a day that is supposed to be made for being thankful and turning it into a day to earn money off things we probably don’t really need anyhow.  I want to encourage you to slow down for just a few minutes and give thanks next week.  Be thankful for the family that drives you insane but that you love anyhow.  Be thankful for the food on your table, even if the kids complain about having to eat that weird Jello salad your aunt made.  And be thankful for time spent with friends in the comfort of a warm home.  Because there are so many people in this world today who cannot be thankful for those things.  Because they don’t have them.

Give Thanks with Kenwood Vineyards and Homemade Pinot Noir Truffles #ShareYourTable

By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Keilman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Hunger and homelessness are a real problem in society today.  While many Americans are pushing and shoving their way to the front of store lines for the hottest new toy, many others are standing in line at the food pantry hoping for enough food to feed their family.  There ARE ways that we can help fight hunger in our society.  A few weeks ago I told you about my children and I’s Thanksgiving service project and today I want to share with you Kenwood Vineyards’ #ShareYourTable charitable campaign.

Red Wine Truffles with Kenwood Vineyard

This Thanksgiving holiday, Kenwood Vineyards is looking to do its part to end hunger by matching donations to the WhyHunger charity. What is WhyHunger?  WhyHunger is a recognized leader in the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.  I am always cautious about doing my research before donating to a charity.  However, rest assured that for the fourth consecutive year WhyHunger received the highest rating of four stars for excellence in fiscal management, accountability and transparency from America’s leading independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator.   You can be sure that your financial donation will be well spent in helping to end hunger in this country. I encourage you to make a donation to WhyHunger and make an impact in someone’s life today.  Kenwood Vineyards will be donating up to $25,000 this year!


I had  the pleasure of tasting several varieties of Kenwood Vineyard wine over the last two weeks.  Sipping a lovely Pinot Noir with some chocolate truffles and enjoying a lightly sweet Sauvignon Blanc with a delicious cranberry and blue cheese spread.  A glass of wine, a few light snacks, a cozy fire and my family make for a wonderfully relaxing evening.  I know the chaos of Christmas shopping will hit soon but I’m going to sit back for just a few more days and be thankful for the blessings I have been given in life.

 Kenwood Vineyards Sauvignon BlancKenwood Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from dozens of Sonoma County vineyards- many farmed sustainably using natural soil amendments and pest controls whenever possible rather then chemicals.  Each lot from each vineyard is kept separate throughout the wine making process,
which allows the winemaker to create wines that showcase each batch’s classic character, subtle complexity and superb balance.  These wines were delicious paired with our light snacks.

If you would like to try your hand at making these truffles, you will definitely not be sorry!  These are actually Pinot Noir Chocolate Truffles…meaning there is actually red wine IN the truffle mixture.  Just cream, chocolate and a fine red wine make for a deliciously decadent treat to set out on your dessert table this holiday season!

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Pinot Noir Truffles

Yields 15

Pinot Noir Truffles

A deliciously rich truffle with hints of red wine flavor

12 hrPrep Time

12 hrTotal Time

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  • 6 ounces heavy cream
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3 TBSP Kenwood Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder for rolling


  1. Heat water in a double boiler over medium heat
  2. Into the top of the double boiler add the cream and the chocolate chips
  3. Stir and heat until melted and smooth
  4. Remove from heat and let cool slightly
  5. Add wine and stir until combined
  6. Chill overnight
  7. Using a melon baller or teaspoon, make small 1 1/2 inch balls of chocolate and roll in powdered cocoa. Set on a cookie sheet and chill again until right before you serve.


 This post has been sponsored by Mom Central and Kenwood Vineyards but all opinions expressed here are my own.

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  1. Oh yum, thanks for the recipe. What a wonderful Charity project. I'm so glad Kenwood Vineyards is supporting WhyHunger. Hunger in this country is just such a disheartening problem. We have so much wealth and yet our very own go hungry. It's nice to see these kinds of projects.
  2. You had me at Pinot Noir, then you added 'truffle,' now, that's my idea of relaxing on a Friday night. I bet these taste delicious and just melt in your mouth. I'll have to pick up my favorite Kenwood wine and make them this weekend!
  3. These wines look really good! I need to find some new ones that go well with my meals.
  4. Truffles are always one of my favorites around the Holidays. I know quite a few people who would absolutely love some Pinot noir truffles this time of year too.
  5. I did this campaign too and your truffles sound delicious!

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