Bliss in a Bottle was founded and created by Cheryl Sher, prior owner of Sher Bliss Chocolate and Wine. Through her growing 15 year knowledge of chocolate and wine, Cheryl was inspired to present her chocolate and wine pairings in the best way she could offer: putting the chocolate on the bottle!
With every wine selection she’s sourced through her traveling, there’s a flavor combination to enhance the drinking experience of each bottle. Each pairing is designed to send bursts of different tastes (we like to call these “taste explosions”!) to your taste buds sending you on a journey of the different sources of the wine. It helps you imagine the wine’s story, from the picking of the grape to the corking of the bottle.
In November 2014, she further brought her vision alive by opening an additional retail location, Bliss in a Bottle, in the form of a kiosk inside the Polaris Fashion Mall, located 15 miles north of Downtown Columbus, Ohio. After a very busy Christmas season, the Bliss in a Bottle kiosk further became well received continuing into the year, even receiving local media recognition. This led Cheryl to the decision to retire her Sher Bliss store to shift focus onto her ongoing success with Bliss in a Bottle.
Since then, the first franchise for Bliss In A Bottle opened in October, 2017 in Kenwood Towne Centre in Cincinnati, OH, with other plans for expansion occurring in other states at this time.
The mastermind behind it all, some have playfully dubbed her “The real Santa Claus” during the holidays. So, how did she come up with the idea for Bliss in a Bottle? “It all started with my retail shop, Sher Bliss, opening back in 1999 downtown Columbus. I remember being asked at my first grand opening, ‘So are you a Wine shop that carries Chocolate, or are you a Chocolate shop that carries wine?” Cheryl explained. She then wondered: Why not both?
“It became very apparent to me that the two naturally seem to separate themselves. I would have two sets of ongoing customers; they’d either be categorized as chocolate customers or as wine customers. It wasn’t enough to combine the two by simply placing a chocolate pairing in a gift basket along with its appropriate wine and cheese. The two really needed to be married to be understood as one.”
She’s known to visit vineyards with her tackle box equipped with different chocolate varieties, ready to test to find the perfect pairing.
“It’s a process,” Cheryl explained. “Some wines are very versatile, while most are very taste-specific, making it harder to find that perfect match.”
Cheryl said that she pairs specific wines and chocolates based on their flavors, textures, and the “feeling it leaves on your tongue.”
Traveling worldwide to source different wines, from Napa to Italy, Cheryl is continuously growing her palette, knowledge, and passion.“I love being in a position where I’m able to grant others a fun way to help add to their understanding and enjoyment of wine. The possibilities are truly endless. I’m grateful for being given the opportunity to share my journey with you.”