Wines & Chocolate-A Pair Made in Heaven
Wine and Chocolate is like marriage you have to find the right pairing to make it work. And when you make it work it can be one of the best things you’ve ever discovered. Pairing Wine and Chocolate can be difficult and if you pair the wrong chocolate with your wine it can be disaster. In some cases it can even make your chocolate taste sour. So here are some tips that can help you create a great wine and chocolate pairing. Just remember don’t go buying your chocolate at your local 7-11 store it’ll defeat the purpose of your wine pairing .
- Pair lighter chocolate with lighter wines
- Pair dark chocolates with dark, full bodied wines
- Like any wine tasting work your way from light to dark
The above tips will help you create your at home wine tasting but below you’ll find a good start on what you should pair with your wines.
- White Chocolate-My personal favorite. White Chocolate is creamy and buttery. You may want to pair this with a Moscato or a sweeter sparkling bubbly wine. If you’re looking to play with this pairing think outside of the box and go for a nice Zinfandel. The tannins against the white chocolate play nicely off of each other.
- Milk Chocolate- Almost everyone loves Milk Chocolate. However you have to keep in mind that Milk Chocolate is still pretty light. So when you’re trying to pair the two think light bodied. If you’re a white wine drinker go with a nice Rieslings but if you love a good red wine try a Pinot Noir which happens to be a very light red with a nice balance of fruity and usually just a touch of vanilla flavor
- Dark Chocolate-A good for you food paired with a good for your heart wine (in moderation) compliment each other well. Dark Chocolate is bittersweet. Try Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, or a Merlot. Think full bodied. A wine that had a plums with some nice pepper flavoring is the best for Dark Chocolate.
As I stated before try to avoid your convenient store for chocolate. Below you’ll find some great chocolatiers. They have online stores and some also have stores in your area.
- Vosges Haut-chocolat
- Miette Confiserie
- La Maison du Chocolat
- Lake Champlain Chocolates
- Canady Le Chocolatier
- Compartes Chocolatier Organic Gourmet Chocolate
Last tip. This wine/chocolate pairing can be fun so remember to try things out and see how they taste. Everyone is different you should have plenty of choices.