Tip #1: To keep things simple, start with a wine that is slightly sweeter than the chocolate or chocolate-themed dessert.
Tip #2: Opt for similar style and weight. When pairing wines with chocolate, try to match lighter, more elegant flavored chocolates with lighter-bodied wines; likewise, the stronger the chocolate, the more full-bodied the wine should be.
Tip #3: Taste from light to dark chocolate or light-bodied to full-bodied wine. Similar to formal wine tasting, if you will be experimenting with several varieties of chocolates, work from light white chocolate through milk chocolate and end on the drier notes of dark chocolate.
PAIRING WITH RED WINE
Red wines are more favorable when paired with dark chocolate.
Merlot’s typical characteristics include full-bodied mocha, vanilla, juicy cherry and sumptuous chocolate undertones. The perfect style wine to pair with these exclusive Belgian Choclatique favorites:
• vanilla cream (dark)
• mocha bean
• chocolate mousse (dark)
• creme brulle (dark)
• strawberry cream (dark)
• dark chocolate dipped maraschino cherries
We suggest: *Bellingham Mocha Java 2013*
Shiraz is also an excellent wine for chocolate pairing due its rich, smokey chocolate pairing with vanilla, mint and peppery undertones
• pecan truffle (dark)
• open praline (dark)
Pinotage can be associated with rooibos, spices,black fruits and sweet pipe tobacco perfect for pairing with:
• cinnamon cup
• marzipan (dark)
• dark closed praline
• rooibos (dark)
We suggest: *Darling Cellars Chocoholic pinotage 2013*
Because of the acidity and zesty flavors of Sauvignon Blanc, sweeter,less bitter chocolate will be favorable. Pair with:
• Orange Cream (milk)
• Strawberry Cream (milk)
Everyone’s favorite, Chardonnay is characterized by oak, hints of vanilla bean, pineapple, almond, caramelized sugar and other green summer fruits.
Pairs real well with:
• vanilla cream (milk)
• creme brule (milk)
• praline (milk)
• caramel hearts (milk)
• coconut slabs
• orange cream (milk)
Chenin blanc pairs well with sweet and sour like:
• orange cream in milk and dark
• caramel hearts in milk and dark
• peanut butter pretzel (white)
due to to the baked apple, honey, caramel and mandarin orange
Sparkling wines can be paired with an even wider variety of truffles and filled chocolates due to the light nature of the bubbles. Keep the tips in mind and pair dark chocolate with heavier and drier sparkling wines such as Brut.
Pair Specifically with:
• ben hur
• frangelico truffles