Pairing Wines with Chocolate

Pairing Wines with Chocolate

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and many of us will be enjoying a box of chocolate with our significant others.  We may also be partaking in some wine as well.  But can the two really co-exist?


Yes!  It is very common to pair wine and chocolate together.  However, the idea of pairing the two can be intimidating for some.  Being familiar with the chocolate, as well as the flavors and aromas of certain wines, can definitely be helpful in pairing the two together for a winning combination.  Let’s break it down a little to help!


The key to pairing wine and chocolate is making sure that the lighter chocolates are paired with a lighter wine, while darker chocolates are paired with a heavier wine.  This will typically work out well, and is similar to the way that you pair together foods of different origins.  There are several types of chocolates, including milk chocolates, bittersweet, semisweet, and dark chocolates.


For milk chocolates, you will do best with dessert wines such as Rieslings.  You can also pair milk chocolate with sauvignon blanc and merlot, as they tend to compliment each other well.


Bittersweet and semisweet chocolates will do best with cognacs, zinfandels, syrah, and even a tawny port.  These have a little more “weight” to them and can stand up to more substantial types of chocolates such as these.


For pairing with dark chocolates, you can also get away with the above mentions, or can pair with reds such as cabernet sauvignon or pinot noirs, but just make sure that they are aged to provide more flavor and aroma to stand up to the depth of a dark chocolate.



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