Pairing wine and chocolate is a great way to enjoy the two delicacies all at once. However, not every wine can pair perfectly with just any chocolate. To enjoy a great delicious pairing, you need to figure out which wines to pair with dark, white, or milk chocolates.
Among the reasons why wine and chocolate make a great pair is because the process of making wine is almost similar to that of chocolate. During preparation of the two, wine and cocoa beans both go through a fermentation process using a similar type of yeast in both substances. This similarity makes it easier to blend their tastes perfectly upon finding a great pair, and enjoy the absolutely tantalizing taste they offer.
Some great wine and chocolate pairing ideas
Want to know one great fact about white chocolate? White chocolate is not actual chocolate because cocoa is not used in its preparation. Without cocoa in it, white chocolate can pair with many varieties of wine.
Some of the wines recommended for pairing with white chocolate include:
- Rose Port
- Orange Muscat
- Ice Wine
- Brachetto d’Acqui
- Vintage Port
- Sweet Tokaji
- Moscato d’Asti
A wine like Rose Port will add hints of strawberries to the taste when you pair it with white chocolate.
Muscat wine, particularly Muscat de Frontignan, will pair perfectly with white chocolate containing macadamia nuts because the wine will add some tropical fruit flavors to the overall taste.
Another great pairing is taking the Vintage Port (Graham 2000 bottle) wine together with white chocolate. The mixture will produce a blueberries and cream taste.
For a chocolate to be truly dark, it must contain 35% or more of cocoa solids. Almost 99% of all dark chocolates have a dominating taste, which means that it will not pair well with astringent wines that contain high tannins levels.
Some of the few wines that dark chocolate can share palate space with include:
- Vin Santo
- Late Harvest Zinfandel
To get the ultimate delicious dessert, you can dip some strawberries in melted dark chocolate and enjoy it with some sparkling Rose like Brachetto d’Acqui for a decadent taste.
Milk chocolate has cream containing some extra fat, which makes it pair well with more wines than dark chocolate.
The wines recommended for pairing with milk chocolate include:
- Vintage Port (aged)
- PX Sherry
- Moscatel de Setubal
- Creamy Sherry
- Rutherglen Muscat
Taking an aged Montilla-Moriles, such as Bodegas Toro Albala, together with milk chocolate will produce a caramel flavor in your mouth.
You can also enjoy a milk chocolate cake with a bottle of Shiraz. In fact, Shiraz has been known to pair well with chocolate starch. As such, if you are looking to host a birthday party, you can spoil your guests with this interesting combination.