Chocolate or wine: Which should you choose? There are many delicious dessert wines that you can choose from. Contrary to popular belief your preferred red wine may not be the right pairing for your sweet treats. However, there are many options available so you can find the perfect wine to complement your dessert. These are some of the best tips you should keep in mind.
What is the most important rule for pairing wine with Chocolate?
For Chocolate and other desserts, the golden rule is to pair wine with Chocolate. The wine will taste less great if it is sweeter than the treat. This is the key to delicious pairings.
Can Dry Wines be paired with Chocolate?
Dry wines are not a good match for Chocolate. The golden rule states that wine should be sweeter than Chocolate when pairing it with sweet treats, such as Chocolate or other sweets. While there are some exceptions (e.g. Beaujolais, zinfandel), we recommend that you stick to the safe side and get a sweet wine.
Are Certain Wines Better With Milk Chocolate Than Dark Chocolate?
It’s possible! Some wines are better paired with certain types of Chocolate. (See our at-a glance guide below). However, milk and dark chocolate pairings can be more flexible than white chocolate pairings. This is because of the sweetness of Chocolate.
Is Fortified Wine Good with Chocolate?
Absolutely! Fortified wines are some of the most delicious chocolate pairings. Many white-grape-based sherry wines are delicious with white chocolates, but we recommend that you drink red fortified wine (such as port), with milk chocolate or dark Chocolate.
What wines pair well with chocolates that contain nuts or other fillings?
It all depends on what Chocolate you use. It all depends on the Chocolate. We recommend starting with the base chocolate (white or milk) and then moving onto the fillings. It can be fun to come up with your own wine and chocolate pairings. Keep a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup handy. For a PB&J-like experience, pair it with a sweet sparkling wine. Do you prefer caramel-filled chocolates For a truly unique pairing, think about wines like tawny port that have similar caramel notes. There are so many options!
Broadbent 10 Year Malmsey Madeira
Madeira is often overlooked in favor of more popular fortified wines, but this bottle will make you want more. This Madeira wine is made from wines that have spent at least ten years in oak casks before being released. Some components of the blend may have spent longer. This wine is rich and full-bodied with intense flavors of caramel, dried figs and sugared pecans. It can be served with milk chocolate, crème brulee, or apple walnut cake.
Felsina Vin Santo
Are you a lover of Tuscany? This delicious, well-balanced wine from Vin Santo is the perfect choice for chocolate pairing. Vin santo wines are made from grapes that have been left to dry before being vinified. This allows the sugars in the grapes to concentrate and allow them to raisin. This stunning bottle is made mostly from malvasia and trebbiano sourced from Castelnuovo Berardenga on the southern edge of the Chianti Classico area. The soft, balanced finish is achieved by the use of honey, canned peaches, dried apricots, tropical fruits, dried apricots and honey. It’s great with dark Chocolate, biscotti, and pecan pie.
Graham’s Six Grapes Port
Are you skeptical about port? This bottle is affordable and easy to find. This wine is a gateway to the world of historical style wine, and it was made by one of the most renowned houses in the area. The mouthfeel is a rich combination of sweet spices, blackberry, and cassis. The wine has been aged in oak barrels for two years before being bottled. We can’t think if there is a better price for Chocolate. It’s great with blueberry pie, milk chocolate, and German chocolate cake.