I have some very good friends visiting in the upcoming few weeks.  One of them is Doreen Pendgracs/Wizard of Words a writer and lover of chocolate. We plan on doing some chocolate and wine pairings while she’s visiting along with Cheryl Therrien/Grandmother Diaries and Elizabeth Scott/VAtoGO.  :-)

Who doesn’t love chocolate and wine pairings?  Often times many are actually afraid to give it a try because they aren’t confident as to what wine to pair with the various types of chocolate.

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The fact is chocolate and wine is an amazing combination. Together they offer a unique experience for the chocolate lover.  A particular chocolate helps prepare the tongue for the various flavors of a particular wine varietal.  The beauty of this combination is it allows both the wine and chocolate to shine in concert with each other.  So the question is how to make chocolate and wine pairings a magical experience.

There are some things that can help make your chocolate and wine pairings a success.

  1. It’s recommended that both the wine and the chocolate be at the proper or recommended temperature.  That means the wine is to be at the temperature recommended for the specific varietal and chocolate at room temperature.Chocolate and Wine Pairings, findingourwaynow.com
  2. Properly taste the wine varietal to allow the wine flavors to unfold on your tongue (Taking The Mystery Out Of Wine Tasting).
  3. Now taste the chocolate by allowing it to slowly dissolve on the tongue. Take note of the various flavors or notes (such fruits and/or spices flavors).
  4. Sip a bit of wine so that it blends with the chocolate. This is when you experience all the various differences in how the wine and chocolate taste together.
  5. It’s best to cleanse your palate between each wine and chocolate experience to gain the full experience and pleasure of each pairing.

Chocolate and Wine Pairings

Recommendations: (Per Brix Chocolate For Wine)

  • Milk Chocolate (46% Cocoa): Port, Sherry, Rose, Burgundy
  • Smooth Dark (54% Cocoa): Champagne, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Vintage Port
  • Medium Dark (60% Cocoa): Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chianti, Rhone
  • Extra Dark (70% Cocoa): Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Barolo, Malbec

A chocolate and wine pairings activity is a really fun thing to do with a group or with a couple of friends.  So go get some different varietals of wine and flavors of chocolate and have a little fun.

Time to eat and drink…

If you enjoyed this check out the Wine and Cheese PairingsTaking The Mystery Out Of Wine Tasting and Two Chocolate Wines.

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  • Catarina Alexon

    Agree with you Susan, who doesn’t like chocolate and wine pairings. Had chocolate and Amaretto at a dinner yesterday. For those of you who love Amaretto it’s a good idea:-)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Great minds think alike… :-))) I love a good Amaretto Catarina. Having it with chocolate is an awesome combination for sure. :-)

  • Kathy Clubb

    I agree, too – Pinot Noir and Lindt 70% – is a match made in heaven.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Oh yeah, that is an awesome combination Kathy. It is truly a match made in heaven. :-)

  • Jacqueline Gum

    I never have tried pairing chocolate and wine, but given the popularity of the idea i t looks like something I should. So thanks for he guide above.

    • http://lorrainemariereguly.wordpress.com/ Lorraine Marie Reguly

      I haven’t, either. Of course, I am not a wine drinker. I am a chocolate lover, though! :)

  • http://biz.leoraw.com/about/ Leora Wenger

    I like the idea of Cabernet Sauvignon with dark chocolate – two favorites!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Me too. That is one of my favorite chocolate and wine pairings Leora.

  • Cheryl Therrien

    I will take a pass on the wine (you know why), but I am so there with the chocolate! LOL

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      I do. I am thinking about coffee and tea pairings for you. Sound good? :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    So what would be a good pairing with no bake cookies or chocolate chip cookies?

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Jon, Hum… Let me think on that a bit. Of the top of my head I’m thinking a good ruby port wine. I do have this raspberry dessert wine that would be nice with chocolate ship cookies. :-)

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  • Debra Yearwood

    I want to try all the pairings out. It would be so much fun to host a pairing party once a month for four months with a few friends. Great tips (as always) and lots of ideas.Thanks!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Debra, It really is a fun thing to do with both small and large groups. It evokes many smiles and much laughter. As a matter of fact I am having a girl night at my house and we will be doing this very thing. :-). It would be cool if you lived closer, you could come over and join in on the fun. :-)))

  • doreenpendgracs

    Susan, you are trying to entice me! You know how much I love chocolate and wine pairings. Or chocolate pairings with any libation for that matter! But it’s funny. As you often write about wine, you’ve got the wine tasting first, then bringing in the chocolate. With me, it’s always tasting the chocolate first, and then tasting the wine, and then another bite of the chocolate. Either way, it’s a match made in heaven. And I’m big on the bold flavours of Bordeaux and Malbec paired with a deeply delicious dark chocolate. Can’t wait to explore both in your neck of the woods. :-)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      I haven’t thought about it Doreen, but you’re right. I think that’s because I’m showcasing a wine. Truth be known, I often grab the chocolate first before the wine. Now when you put them together, it is indeed a match made in heaven. :-)

  • http://necessityofchange.com Mary Stephenson

    Oh my, chocolate and wine you can’t go wrong. I don’t care for red wines or milk chocolate, but everything else is fair game. I had a home made wine a number of years ago that had an apricot flavor (but it was not made with apricots). I think it would have been perfect with some dark chocolate truffle.
    We used to have a cheese factory in my area and they made chocolates with cheese. It was pretty fabulous, as they used cheddar, jack and many other cheeses. Someday I am going to experiment with it. The one thing about the chocolate made with those cheeses, is that it was not overpowering in sweet chocolate taste. It would have been great with wine for sure.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Mary, I bet that would have been a good combo. Chocolate cheese is a very interesting thing and can be amazingly good. There are many cheese makers in my area and some have experimented with cheese chocolate with great success. I’ve also had some chocolate and cheese pairings and it was surprising good. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    This really speaks to my Friday and/or Saturday night routine. Red wine and chocolate is a regular thing with me. Not too long ago, Doreen suggested I try Lindt’s Dark Chocolate sea salt bar with a Malbec. It’s now one of my favorites!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Oh do I like that routine Jeri. I’m going to have to give that a try. That does sound pretty darn awesome. :-)

  • http://joannerambling.wordpress.com/ Jo-Anne

    I have never thought of having chocolate with wine but I love chocolate and I don’t mind some wines…………..so the two together might be worth a try

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      It is a really fun combination Jo-Anne. Give it a whorl and see what you think. :-)

  • John Barton

    Hi Susan, all too much! I would love to indulge but… oh I might later! Lovely post as always. Cheers John

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi John, It good to see you. How are you doing my friend. Have fun with the trying the wine and chocolate combo my friend. :-)

  • Grace

    I love chocolate and I love wine

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Me too Grace. What is there not to like huh. :-)

  • Pat Ruppel

    Good information, Susan, but I usually like to take them separately and savor them individually. Crazy – but I’m one that doesn’t like chocolate strawberries. I’m funny that way.

    I have an internet friend who lives in Italy, Shauna, that just wrote a post on a winery she just visited this week. I thought you might be interested in reading it. It’s called, “Wine + Olive Oil + Amici = Perfection” at http://italianliving1.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/wineoliveoilamiciperfection/?contact-form-id=18708&contact-form-sent=22904&_wpnonce=3d0ad016b6#contact-form-18708.
    I commented on her site too and left a link to your post here. Maybe, you both would have a lot in common on food and wines. It sounds like heaven to be on a Tuscan hillside visiting a winery.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Pat, I get that. I have few friends who cannot and will not eat anything together. Nevertheless they do enjoy wine and chocolate just not together.

      Thanks for the the lead. I plan on checking her site out when time permits. I do love the title. :-)

      • Pat Ruppel

        You’re welcome, Susan, for the lead.

        It’s funny how different we are in our likes and dislikes. Makes the world a beautifully interesting place. :-)

        • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

          It really does Pat. That the beauty if it. :-)

          • Pat Ruppel

            Yep, you’re right about that, Susan. Put all those different, beautiful pieces together and ‘wha-la’ look at that picture! Mmm-mmm-mmm.

          • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

            I couldn’t agree more… LOL. :-)

  • http://broadcastingsunny.blogspot.com/ Broadcasting Sunny

    I love chocolate and my hubby loves wine – does that make us the perfect pair :D Personally I think every thing goes fabulous with chocolate – we went to a wine festival and there was chocolate raspberry wine – OMG so good. Now I’ll have to try chocolate and wine separately but together. This weekend, woot woot! Thanks for the tips.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      I would think so Joanne. I have have a great raspberry liquor with chocolate that was super amazing but never chocolate raspberry wine… YUM. Enjoy your wine and chocolate this week-end, then let me know what you think. :-)

  • Adrienne

    You are such the perfectionist Susan.

    I’m a lover of both wine and chocolate and trust me, they both taste so good together no matter what the wine or the kind of chocolate. I know, I’m from Texas and that’s just how we roll!

    You ladies have a fabulous time, I’m so jealous!

    ~Adrienne

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      You are too funny Adrienne.

      My family lives in Texas and I do get what you’re saying… LOL. The fact is I think chocolate goes with just about anything. I had chocolate cover potato chips the other day they were super good. :-))

  • Jamie

    Can’t argue wine and chocolate… especially together ;)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Me either Jamie, It is hard to to beat huh!

  • Krystyna Lagowski

    What a decadent combination! You don’t need to be Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor to indulge in the good life. A chocolate tasting is one thing, but pairing it with wine is a lovely luxury. This is the best idea I’ve come across all day. Maybe all week : ))

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Yep, I totally agree Krystyna, You will love the fun of pairing wine and chocolate with some friend or a group. When you do, let me know how it went. :-)

  • Dan Meyers

    Great post – I’m a huge fan of chocolate and also a fan (not as huge!) of wine. I usually go with the dark chocolates, so good to know what I should pair them with.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Dan, Thanks so much my friend. I may make you a wine covert yet. Give this a try and let know about your experience. I would love to hear about it. :-)

  • smoinpour

    Yum! This all sounds great!

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