Wine And Chocolate - The perfect pairing.

Wine And Chocolate – The perfect pairing.


Milky chocolate ways…

A Pinot Noir, lighter-bodied Malbec or Merlot could all complement a bar of milk chocolate, a creamy chocolate mousse or chocolate accented cheesecake. Rieslings, or dessert wines tend to hold up well to mild milk chocolates. A sparkling wine or Champagne goes well  with strawberries dipped in milk chocolate as the subtle fruit flavors on these wines will give the dessert a little punch for a perfect evening!

Nutty flavors!

Chocolates that contain any kind of nuts will go very well with a nutty flavored wine, so try to pair them with a Port, a Burgundy red wine or a Sherry. Perhaps a “Pouilly-Fuisse” will match perfectly and will bring out those aromatic nutty characteristics right at the end of the palate  in a subtle way.

Last but not least… the bitter the better…

Dark or bittersweet chocolates need a wine that offer a roasted, robust flavor, with perhaps a hint of its own chocolate notes. Cabernets and Zinfandels have a history of perfecting the dark chocolate match, resulting in an unparalleled tasting combination. These two will more than fill your chocolate pairing expectations. I like to drink a Pinot Noir or a Merlot with dark chocolate around the 55% cocoa mark. Finally, give a French Bordeaux or a Vintage Port a go to offer a very well balanced pairing approach to a dark chocolate dessert or truffle at least 60-70% cacao for a phenomenal result!

All this wine and food pairings you can try on your own, at a wine tasting  or in some really good restaurants, but keep in mind that you have to take one for the team, and experiment as much as you can with all this goodies!