Dallmann Confections introduces peculiar pairings

January 16, 2015 San Diego City Beat

An old police headquarters and boutique shop; sommelier and chocolate maker; champagne and fine chocolate: These things may not seem perfect pairings, but Dallmann Confections proves that each of the duos work together well. 

Owner Isabella Valencia and husband / sommelier Jayson Knack host about two pairing classes at Dallmann (789 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown) each month, with beer, wine, cheese, desserts and, perhaps most uniquely, champagne. 

The champagne pairing includes four or five chocolates and a few half-glasses. The sessions are more concerned with teaching attendees about these items and how to marry them than about getting your drink on—so don’t come looking to catch a buzz. Knack gives helpful tips on purchasing sparkling wines and how to get the best bang for your buck. He possesses a deep well of knowledge, which he rapidly shares, and he’ll indulge a few questions. His wife, the mastermind behind the chocolates, also imparts a great deal of information—on the history of Dallmann, the chocolate-making process and the flavors in front of you.

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