We are only days away from the unrivaled deliciousness of Festival of Wines: Cocktails & Cuisine, people. Get excited!

The 14th annual American Heart Association event returns this Friday, Oct. 6 to offer guests their choice of hundreds of wines from around the world, all paired with eats from 16 of Little Rock's best local restaurants.

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With only a matter of hours left until the event, this dreamy dish concludes our series of recipes from the event’s presenting sponsor, Arkansas Heart Hospital, and pairing recommendations from wine sponsor Central and Moon Distributors.



Chocolate Fudge Pie*


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 3/4 cup firmly-packed dark brown sugar substitute
  • 2/3 cup sugar substitute
  • 3 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 9-inch prepared pie crust


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Microwave butter and chocolate morsels in a glass bowl on high for 1-2 minutes, or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30 second intervals. Stir in sugars, then stir in eggs.

Stir in flour, heavy cream and vanilla until well blended. Pour into prepared crust.

Bake for 45 minutes or until puffed and almost set (filling will deflate as it cools).

Remove from oven, place on a wire rack and cool completely (about three hours)

Slice, serve and enjoy the best chocolate fudge pie anywhere.


*The American Heart Association recommends limiting your sugar intake. Some of your favorite recipes can be made healthier by swapping for lower-fat or no-fat ingredients. Check out the Association’s Smart Substitutions for more.


Pair this dish with:

St James Strawberry, St. James, Missouri: The taste is bountiful flavors of fresh-picked, American strawberries. Accordingly, the nose is also of bright, fresh strawberries. The wine is made from vine-ripened fruit. Serve well chilled.

Look for this beverage at Table 13 at Festival of Wines: Cocktails & Cuisine.


Leonard Kreusch Dornfelder, Germany: It's possible you're not familiar with this Dornfelder grape. This is a classic German red wine, easy to say and easy to drink. It exhibits rich plum and blackberry flavors and is quite mellow, with very little in the way of tannins, but quite generous nonetheless. The sweet fruit fills the mouth and continues through to the finish. It's very pleasant, slightly chilled and wonderful with chocolate fudge pie.

Look for this beverage at Table 19 at Festival of Wines: Cocktails & Cuisine.