Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Two of life’s greatest sweet pleasures can be the hardest to pair together. Wine and chocolate are both decadent and pleasurable and a delight to have together, when done correctly. Sweet chocolate with tannic wine can make the wine taste bitter and is a match to avoid. You need to balance sweet with sweet – a good rule of thumb is: keep the wine as sweet as the chocolate.

Here is a quick guide to which wines go well with types of chocolate

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White Chocolate
Lots of sugar here, and very little cocoa, so pair white with white – try Ice wine, sweet Muscat or a sweeter style Riesling.

Milk Chocolate
Try a ripe and juicy Pinot Noir from California or a dessert wine, like an Australian “sticky.”

Dark Chocolate
The one that pairs best with red wines, try Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon (preferably ones that are not too tannic, unless your cocoa content is high).

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Yummy… chocolate dessert. From cake to mousse to souffle, chocolate http://1000-facts-about-wine.com desserts are popular and delicious. Port is a classic for all types of chocolate – truffles, cakes, etc. All sorts of port, but particularly tawny port, due to the nutty flavor, matches well chocolate desserts. Try also Australian Muscat, Banyuls or another fortified wine.

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7 thoughts on “Wine and Chocolate Pairing

  1. I will be having a dinner party on New Years Eve. I am making homemade penne a la vodka.. but I am unsure what to have for an apppitizer or dessert….I wanted to make homemade chocolate cream pie…but the dinner is already heavy and I don’t want to make a heavy dessert. Also…which wine will pair well with dinner? ahhh forgot to add… we have food allergies… a few ppl are allergic to shellfish. :(

  2. We are hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner party for eight guests, two of whom are vegetarian. I have developed the following menu: French Onion Soup Tian of Smoked Salmon and Avocado Sauteed Field Mushrooms and Brie En Croute – with Port and Redcurrant Jus Chocolate Torte and/or Traditional Trifle Stilton and Home Made Walnut Bread with Grapes I am confident with the food, but less so with the wines, but my plan is as follows: Champagne (Vintage Pol Roger) with the Canapes and keep the Champagne flowing through the soup and smoked salmon Pinot Grigio with the Mushrooms and Brie En Croute – I am less happy with this, I think it is a safe, but dull, choice. Any better suggestions? Muscat de Beaumes de Venice with the Torte Finally I have a good bottle of Dows for the Stilton. What do our resident wine experts think of the wine pairing? I am genuinly happy to take advice and recommendations. Thank you.

  3. I purchased a *gorgeous* bright blue-pink yesterday (Maybelline’s Fuschia Fever) and paired it with a bit of lip balm and a wined cat-eye, but today I want to put some color on my eyes without looking too 80′s. I’ve been considering a champagne-y color or maybe a chocolate brown smoky eye.

  4. I am making a dinner of chicken and herb goat cheese with roasted veggies…What would be a good wine to go with this meal? Also for dessert, I am making a strawberry and goat cheese pizza along with chocolate covered strawberries and a strawberry napoleo…What is a good dessert wine that would go with these? Thank you

  5. I am planning on a fall wedding with colors being mocha brown, chocolate brown, claret(deep red), champagne, and a white/cream/ivory color(haven’t decided which but probably cream). I have been trying to figure out favors. So far fiance and I have come up with 3 different ideas. The thing about them is that each would significantly impact the type of wedding we will have; formal, family oriented, or fun/easy-going. Personally, I don’t really care which type of wedding I have which is why we are letting the favors decide. So the three are: 1) Little bottles of olive oil, which would be more formal and lend to a wine-esque theme. 2) Jars of homemade jam of some form which would make for a family, home-like atmosphere, more seasonal/possibly paired with dried flower.s 3) Homemade gourmet candy apples which would definitely make the wedding more fun, also more seasonal Kids will be attending, so maybe one of the first two for adults and the apples for kids. If you were the guest which one. Just to add, candy apples would be bagged and given out at the end of the reception so no messy kids(at least not in dress clothes lol)!

  6. i would like to know which red wine will accompany dark chocolate around the 70% range,form what i’ve researched its between the merlot, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir, any other suggestions, i’ve never paired the two before.

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