Pairing Wine and Chocolate

Valentine’s day is just around the corner.  Fine wine and boxes of chocolates are synonymous with this romantic holiday. And while they both send a message of love and gratitude to that special someone, do the two really go together?  The answer is yes and no. Pairing wine with chocolate can be tricky, especially if you are buying a pricey bottle of wine. Taking a sip of a nice Cabernet after a bite of chocolate can virtually eliminate the flavor of the wine. The good news is that wine and chocolate can be enjoyed together provided you have the right combination.

Match the “Sweetness”

The key to a good pairing of chocolate and wine is to match the levels of sweetness. Chocolate is very similar to wine in that it comes in a wide array of flavors and intensities. It can be sweet or bitter, fruity or acidic. And often, chocolate is mixed with another flavor.  in the case of Valentine’s candy, it often has some sort of crème filling.  It is best not to pair a dry red wine with very sweet chocolates. Instead, try a port or sweet dessert wine.  Another good option for crème-filled chocolates that is Madeira wine. The bitterness of a dark chocolate works well with rich, fruity red wines such as a Syrah.  And sparkling wine goes well with chocolate-covered berries.

Impress Your Valentine

Make a good impression on your Valentine with your well thought out selection of wine and chocolates. Also, remember that presentation is important. Choose chocolates that are elegantly wrapped, or select a nice gift box to present them in. And serve the wine in your finest wine glasses. At Bar & Bistro, make this Valentine’s day extra special with personalized wine glasses. Our glasses have deeply carved designs and you can choose from a variety of themes. You are certain to find one that your special someone will enjoy.

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