Wine and chocolate. Some winos say chocolate wine pairing its a faux pas marriage that’s never meant to be. Others relish the idea of combining two of their favorite, sexiest foods into one deliciously lavish pairing experience.
Either way, it’s hard to deny that this bizarre couple offers a curious allure.
If you find yourself curious about how to sweeten up your wine tasting appreciation with some of your favorite chocolates, take a look below for our simple suggestions to get you started in a snap.
First of all, it’s always an important reminder that your taste buds and wine palate are completely unique.
No one else in the world will taste a food exactly the same way you do.
Nor are your tastes static - they change with your mood, the last meal you ate, how hydrated you are, the time of day, and the seasons.
So even if you liked one combination one day, doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll send you to the moon the next day.
Point being - trust your tasting instincts and follow them wherever they may go.
It’s better to experiment (and try some combos that you’ll never want to repeat again!) than to err on the side of ‘common practice’ and miss out on what your taste buds are really craving from this plethora of combinations.
That being said, here are some simple suggestions to get you rolling into deliciousness...
Keep mind to select wine that’s sweeter than the selected chocolate.
This is perhaps the most ignored pairing advice, and usually why some people don’t think wine and chocolate should go together at all.
Instead of getting sweet chocolate with deeper wine, do just the opposite and see how instead of creating a tannic, bitter clash, the two start to smoothly complement one another....
For light, delicately-flavored milk chocolates go with a lighter body wine. The stronger (the more bitter) a chocolate, the more tannic punch it can withstand, so that’ll be great for a strong bold red.
As with good ol’ regular wine tastings, start with lighter chocolate and work your way up the scale. This way you’ll have a great understanding of exactly how to reach you’re preferred sweet spot.
More buttery and subdued in flavor and texture, white chocolate is a great place to start your wine chocolate pairings:
There is a large variety of milk chocolate flavors, it’s just about useless to try and lump them all into one group. However, being in the mid range between smooth white chocolate and bitter sharp dark chocolate, milk chocolate offers plenty of versatility and a dynamic range.
Dark chocolate is the heavy weight champ - it’s got a serious kick to it and isn’t gonna back down at just any wine. To tame this bitter, beastly cacao you’re gonna need to bring in the big guns: full bodied, full personality reds and dessert wines.