How to Pair Wine And Chocolate

wine and chocolateHow To Pair Wine & Chocolate
Although this is one of the hardest pairings because of the complexity of both products, it is loads of fun to find your favorite! Let taste (and this short primer) be your guide. Most of all, pour and have fun!

Taste Basics
Generally, dark chocolate goes best with stronger, bold red wines. Milk and white chocolates pair better with lighter reds and sweeter white wines. The perfect pairing balances sweetness, fruitiness, and acidity — and your own flavor preferences, of course!  Some people may love a pairing while others may not.  Tasting and testing is par for the course.

Pairing with Port
A great pairing with both dark and milk chocolate is a fortified wine such as Port, which is a sweet red wine often served at dessert.  Ruby Port and Tawny Port are excellent styles to enjoy with chocolate.

Pairing with Red Wine
If you have a dry red wine, it will pair with dark chocolate as long as it has straightforward, strong notes.  If your wine is tannic (causes dryness or puckering in the mouth), pair it with a creamier dark chocolate because the cocoa butter in the chocolate will cut through the tannins.  Nirvana and Amano Chocolate are creamier chocolate bars at Drexelius Chocolates that would be perfect to try with dry red wines.  Try it out and let me know what your taste buds say!

Pairing with Champagne
I am not a big fan of Champagne and chocolate together.  I don’t think they pair well.   Champagne can come off as tart against the sweetness of the chocolate.  Champagne can also be too delicate to stand up to the cocoa butter mouthfeel of chocolate.  I prefer to enjoy each on its own.

There you have it.  A simple, honest guide to pairing chocolate with wine.  Remember, there is no right or wrong.  It’s all about having fun.  Order incredible chocolate from Drexelius Chocolates and start pairing chocolate with wine.

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