- September 10, 2019
For light drinkers and snackers, the idea of chocolate and wine paired together may be rather strange. Imagine the slightly sour taste of wine and the sweet taste of chocolate mixed together. What will they do to your palate, and how will your taste buds react? It seems as if each will vie for dominance in your mouth.
But did you know that when combined properly, the pairing of chocolate and wine can be worth consuming? Yes, you read that right. It’s possible; you need to choose the right wine that goes perfectly with the right chocolate. If you manage to do that, you'll be able to savour all the positive nuances in taste and flavour that both bring. There are just a few things you need to keep in mind when doing so. Here's how to pair a bar of chocolate with a glass of wine:
Let's start with white chocolate. As you know, white chocolate tends to be more mellow and buttery in flavour. Because of its taste, white chocolate goes well with Sherry, the subtle bubbles of Italy's Moscato d'Asti, or the heady aroma of an Orange Muscat.
When consumed, Sherry and Moscato d'Asti will emphasise the chocolate's creamy textures. Meanwhile, the Orange Muscat will give prominence to any bits of fruit that may be embedded in the chocolate.
Another way you can pair wine with white chocolate is to go for contrast. For instance, partner the mild texture and buttery profile of white chocolate with Zinfandel, which has a higher alcohol content. It also has a fair amount of fruit in it. The wine's tannin will mellow out the chocolate's fat profile and brings the ripe Zin fruit out. What a perfect combination!
Next on the list is milk chocolate. What can you expect? You can savour the smooth character and taste of milk chocolate’s cocoa butter components. Milk chocolate might go well with the lighter body and silky tannins of a Pinot Noir or a medium-bodied Merlot.
Riesling, Muscat or some excellent dessert wines seem to hold up well against the subtle profile of milk chocolate. You can also consider pairing a sparkling wine or Champagne with strawberries dipped in milk chocolate. The bright acidity and fusion of bubbles in wine will surely bring out the fruit’s flavours and chocolate accents. If you aren't sure about it, however, go for the classic.
Last but not least is the dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is bittersweet chocolate, characterised by its higher cacao content (a minimum of 35 per cent cocoa solid). This type of chocolate calls for a wine that has a fuller body, robust aroma, and great flavour sketch with bold fruit.
Shiraz, with its dense fruit, energetic spice, and higher alcohol level, can go well with dark chocolate delights. For instance, South Australia’s notable wine-growing region of Barossa Valley can be regarded as a blissful treat when combined correctly
Also, Cabernet Sauvignon and its full-bodied profile with juicy black fruit and noticeably defined tannin go well with darker chocolate themes. Pinot Noir or Merlot are said to be a perfect match for dark chocolate. Lastly, a fortified from the Rutherglen, in central Victoria, is best paired with dark chocolate.
We hope these insights about the different types of chocolates and wines have given you an idea of how the two complement each other. So what are you waiting for? Have a sip of wine and grab a bite of chocolate soon after!
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