The best wine and chocolate pairings

With Valentines Day around the corner, I’m already planning what wine and chocolate I’ll have (to drown my sorrows…just kidding!). Regardless of February 14th, the pairing of wine and chocolate is one of my favourite indulgences at any time of year, and below are a few stellar combos.

Dark Chocolate
– Port
– Shiraz
– Zinfandel
– Cabernet Franc Icewine
When one thinks “wine and chocolate”, red wine and dark chocolate typically reign supreme. However, this pairing can be better in theory than in reality if not done right. Why? If you have dark chocolate which is too bitter and a red wine which is dry, the combo can lead to quite an unpleasant experience for your palate. Go with dark chocolate which isn’t too dark (75%) and a red wine with some residual sugar in it.

White Chocolate
– Sparkling (Moscato d’Asti)
– Beaujolais Nouveau
For a chocolate which can be difficult to pair, the suggestions above can work well. Beaujolais Nouveau is a super light and fruity wine, with tonnes of fresh berry fruit on the nose and palate. The result is a berries and cream effect, and sparkling can compliment white chocolate’s creamy texture. Moscato d”Atsi is a sweeter style with a gentle effervescence, which helps to balance this more delicate chocolate.

Milk Chocolate
– Pinot Noir
If you’re going with milk chocolate go for a lighter red, so it doesn’t overpower the chocolate. A fruit forward Pinot can be a good choice which can lead to a “chocolate covered cherry” taste.

2 More Ideas:
Mint Chocolate
– Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvingnon can often have notes of menthol (or mint and eucalyptus) on the nose. With the right Cabenerat Sauvignon mint chocolate can make for a great accompaniment.

Orange Chocolate
– Riesling
An unconventiaonal pairing, but it works. So many chocolate pairings cater to the red wine crowd, so if you prefer white, this is a great option. Just esnure the Riesling has a bit sweetness to it.

Happy Galentines & Valentines Day!

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