Best Chocolates To Pair With Wine
by Chiemi Irene Alonzo on Jan 19, 2023
Chocolate and wine may sound like an odd pairing, but trust us - the combo can be rather tasty! If you've been looking to try something new at your next gathering, why not amaze your guests by combining some exquisite wines with their favorite candies?
We've compiled a list of the best wines to match with chocolate so you can experience this sweet-and-savory pleasure like never before. Whether you prefer dark, milk, or white chocolate, there is something for you here. Pour yourself a glass and peruse our top recommendations; we promise you won't be disappointed!
For lovers of dark chocolate, a Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz is the ideal pairing. The robust flavors of these wines complement the full-bodied flavor of dark chocolate and provide a wonderful balance to its richness.
You need to look no further than a sweet Riesling or Moscato for milk chocolate lovers. These light and fruity wines will complement the chocolate's gentle sweetness without dominating it.
We recommend Pinot Noir or Merlot for pairing with semisweet chocolate. These wines of medium body enhance the chocolate's nutty and fruity aromas without making it excessively sweet.
For those who enjoy bittersweet chocolate, Port or Madeira is the ideal pairing. The robust flavor of these wines matches the profound and severe bitterness of the chocolate without competing with it.
Delicious German Chocolate:
If you like a sweeter sort of chocolate, consider matching it with a Gewürztraminer ice wine. The strong sweetness and exquisite flavor of the ice wine enhance German chocolate's creamy flavor without overpowering it.
The pinnacle of indulgence? Chocolate ganache paired with a fortified wine such as Sherry or Port. These wines blend perfectly with the rich and creamy flavor of couverture to provide a memorable tasting experience!
If you love white chocolate, match it with a semisweet dessert wine, such as Gewürztraminer or Chenin Blanc. Both have floral undertones that will accentuate the chocolate's creamy texture.
Pair cacao nibs with sparkling Lambrusco or Moscato d'Asti for a really distinctive flavor experience. The wine's carbonation will help to accentuate the nuttiness of the nibs and temper their acute bitterness.
Don't be scared to venture outside the box when matching wine and chocolate; you may find your new favorite pairing! With so many different options, there is something for every taste. Go ahead and give it a shot; you won't be disappointed!