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 my friend Elizabeth Scott.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Properly taste the wine varietal to allow the wine flavors to unfold on your tongue (Taking The Mystery Out Of Wine Tasting).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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…