Wine And Chocolate Pairing Tips

Posted by Tony on February 17, 2011

Visit the Lake Chelan Wineries this weekend February 19 and 20, 2011 for the Red Wine And Chocolate event, and see how each one pairs their own unique wine with chocolate. This event only happens once a year so be sure to visit our local wineries to taste one of a kind Lake Chelan Wines, and fantastic chocolates!

Wine And Chocolate Pairing Tips From Napa Valley

If you have the perfect wine to complement a succulent chocolate, you could be on your way to heaven. Here’s a few tips to consider when pairing your wine with lighter white chocolates and animated dark chocolates.

Successfully Pairing Wine with Chocolate

The #1 rule you should follow is your wine should be as sweet, if not sweeter, than the chocolate. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a bitter or sour taste. We suggest pairing lighter more eloquent chocolates, with sweeter light wines. Uniformly, the stronger the chocolate, the more full-bodied the wine should be.

For example, pairing a bittersweet dark chocolate with a bold red California Zinfandel will match perfectly. When experimenting with several varieties of chocolate, do just as you would in a formal wine tasting sitting, start from light to dark. Begin with a more delicate white chocolate and end with a darker more poignant chocolate.

White Chocolate Wine Ideas

White chocolate can be paired with a variety of fluent wines, each with a subtle flavor of its own, adding to the rich, but neutral palette created by the white chocolate. Add to the canvas, by selecting the sweet, subtle flavors found in Moscato d’Asti, Sherry, or Orange Muscat. If you’re feeling brave, you can take a more risky course by trying to pair your white chocolate and wine selection via a contrast method. For example, pairing a rich, buttery white chocolate with a bold Zinfandel seems to have a positive effect. Just remember to have an eye for quality when choosing both the wine and the chocolate. Select your wine and chocolate with a little wisdom, and spend time researching different options.

Milk Chocolate Wine Ideas

Whether you’re having milk chocolate in a creamy-style dessert setting, or alongside some tasteful strawberries, pair your chocolate with following:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Rieslings
  • Ruby Port
  • Muscats
  • Light-bodied Merlot
  • Champagne
  • Sparkling Wines

Dark Chocolate Wine Ideas

Dark chocolates are best served with full-bodied wines, such as:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Red Zinfandel
  • Rancho Zabaco
  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot
  • Tawny Port
  • Vintage Port

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