Love is in the air! Whether you’re celebrating Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day — spend it with the other loves of your life, wine and chocolate. Arguably the most iconic cliché, wine and chocolate pairings can be surprisingly challenging — and some even argue that it simply can’t be done. Here to prove that pairing the right wine with the right chocolate can be a match-made-in-heaven, let’s reveal the truth behind this intuitive love connection.
Before we get started, remember these three tips to successfully pair like a pro:
1. Keep things simple. Wine and chocolate both have complex tasting notes that end up in a power play for your satisfaction. To help the two work together, start with a wine that is slightly sweeter than your chocolate.
2. Match the weight and style of the wine with the chocolate. Pair light-bodied wines with delicate chocolate and full-bodied wines with darker chocolate.
3. Taste from light to dark. Similar to a formal wine tasting, tasting in this order will prevent your palate from becoming overwhelmed.
Ready to satisfy your sweet tooth? Discover our top four wine & chocolate pairings:
Can you say “Aloha?” Bursting with vibrant tropical notes of pineapple and stone fruit, it’s only natural to pair this bright, light-bodied wine with dreamy, creamy, white chocolate coconut truffles (say that five times fast). The island-inspired flavors are your ticket to paradise.
Dark chocolate craves a full-bodied red. The bitterness of the chocolate pairs well with jammy, fruit-forward, bold wines with a sturdy tannic structure. Pinot Noir, the queen of food-friendly wines, is an exceptional choice capable of enhancing creamy milk chocolate and standing up to the higher percentage of cocoa in dark chocolate.
Sipped in awe of perfection, this fragrant Chardonnay pairs beautifully with citrus infused chocolate. Showcasing flavors of golden apple, honey, and lemon, pairing this wine with a decadent orange chocolate will allow the fruit flavors to flourish.
For the love of chocolate! Complex, smooth, and silky, this medium-bodied beauty pairs perfectly with a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. The soft tannins, dark berry, and earthy notes marry seamlessly with toasted hazelnuts for a rich mouthfeel leaving you craving more.
When it comes down to it, the best way to discover winning combinations is to experiment. Gather a group of friends and get ‘hands-on’ knowledge about what your personal palate preferences are — the options are limitless!
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