Wino Wednesday: Wine & Chocolate

Day 12 | Wino Wednesday: Pairing Wine & Chocolate | The Little Red Heart

Hello. Welcome to Day 12. Wine and chocolate is the topic of the day and my personal favorites.

So you planned on having those beautiful strawberries dipped in chocolate as a sexy sweet for your Valentine, but did you consider what kind of wine will go best with those strawberries and chocolate?

Many think wine and chocolate, well that will be easy to pair they were meant for each other. Wrong, so wrong. Chocolate and wine have such a similar process to being made that they are sometimes too similar to make pairing an easy feat. Chocolate and wine are like sticking two lions in a room. Those lions are going to fight for space, your palate being that space and you don’t want your pairings fighting because it will just end up being a crappy experience.

The General Rule:

 Wine should be sweeter than {or as sweet} as the dessert itself. Breaking That Rule: This rule is more of a guideline, so break it. If you love huge, full-bodied Cabs and milk chocolate, go for it. To find something you love you have to be daring, so grab a variety of chocolate and a variety of wine and experiment. Maybe that should be your new plan for V-day.

Dark Chocolate.

Bitter-sweet dark chocolate is difficult  to pair because it is non-sweet and bitter. If you want a bottle of red pick up a bottle of Zinfandel (red) or a Cabernet Sauvignon done in a softer style, this way it will not taste harsh with the bitter-sweet chocolate. Also, do not be afraid to grab a bottle of well-aged Vintage Port, it can be a divine pairing with dark chocolate.

Milk Chocolate.

A chocolate that has a higher fat content allows it to be slightly easier to pair then its dark chocolate counterpart. When thinking of pairing ideas try a fruit forward, medium bodied Merlot or a full bodied Pinot Noir. If you prefer white or sweet, try a Brachetto d’Acqui.

Strawberries & Chocolate.

This sexy sweet pairs well with a sparkling rosé, Brachetto d’Acqui, mentioned above. This is an Italian red wine that is often aromatic and sweet, a very popular Brachetto d’Acqui is Rosa Regale. If that one is not your style, look around for another sparkling rosé, but be sure to stay away from rosé Champagne, the dry and sweet will not be a treat.

White Chocolate.

The chocolate that is not a chocolate in the strict sense, because it contains no cocoa solids, which makes it a touch easier to pair. Try grabbing a Moscato d’Asti, a slightly sweet Italian sparkler or for a twist try an Orange Muscat.  This is a crisp white wine from Italy, with a slight honey and orange blossom nose. If you want even sweeter, pick up a bottle of sweet Riesling to pair with your white chocolate.

Experts all say that Banyuls and Chocolate is awe-inspiring. Banyuls is a sweet, Southern French dessert wine, that is not syrupy and is said to mime the chocolate and be THE wine-chocolate experience.

P.S. The best way to enjoy chocolate is to break off a bite size piece and let it melt on your tongue, don’t chew.

On most of suggestions for pairing I did not give exact labels because what may be available to me may not be available to you and vice versa. I hope I gave you a few good ideas on what to look for when out wine shopping for V-day, but like I always say, find that passionate liquor store employee to help you find your way.

Love. Marisa

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