Binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix and craving a nice glass of wine with some of your favorite chocolates? We’ll tell you the right way to pair white, milk and dark chocolate with red, rose’ and white wine. If you’ve tried this before with less-than-stellar results, this guide will put you on the right path. These two indulgences are way too good together to ignore, so let’s get started!
Tips for Wine and Chocolate Pairings
First things first – we need to get a few things straight before loading up your online cart full of your favorite Malley’s Chocolates or rushing off to the grocery store and buying your favorite bottles of wine. If you’re not quite a wine and chocolate connoisseur yet, have no fear. These basic tips will help you get started.
Tip #1: Avoid the Palate Power Play
Start off by keeping things simple. Pick a wine that is slightly sweeter than the chocolate you plan on eating. This allows the chocolate to take center-stage and the wine to play a supporting, complimentary role. With both wine and chocolate carrying their own distinctively intense flavors, you don’t want to have a dominance battle between the two. A good rule of thumb is chocolate first, wine second.
Tip #2: In this Case, Similarities Attract
Try matching a lighter, more elegant flavor of chocolate with light-bodied wines. Similarly, the stronger the chocolate, the more full-bodied the wine should be. To learn more about how to appreciate chocolate to the fullest, check out our chocolate tasting guide.
Tip #3: Go from Light to Dark
If you plan on tasting multiple chocolates and wines throughout the night, similar to a wine tasting event, plan on moving from lighter chocolates and wines to a darker chocolate and fuller-bodied wine. Working from a light, white chocolate through milk and ending on the drier notes of dark chocolate you’ll avoid palate fatigue.
Pairing White Chocolate and Wine
White chocolate primarily consists of cocoa butter, sugar and milk solids, making it an ideal candidate for sweeter wines. Our creamy white chocolate pairs well with:
• Moscato d’Asti
• Rosé Port
• German Riesling
• Orange Muscat
• Ice Wine (a type of dessert wine made in cold climates from grapes left to freeze on the vines)
Pairing Milk Chocolate and Wine
The ripe, red fruit and often lighter body of a Pinot Noir or Merlot work well with the smooth character and cocoa butter components of milk chocolate. Sometimes a Riesling, Muscat or other notable dessert wines tend to hold up quite well with milk chocolate. Also, consider a sparkling wine or Champagne with milk-chocolate-dipped strawberries. Check out some of our milk chocolate delights that pair wonderfully with:
• Pinot Noir
• Sparkling wine or Champagne
• PX Sherry
Pairing Dark Chocolate and Wine
Dark, or more bittersweet chocolates, with higher cacao content call for fuller-bodied wines with more robust aromas and intense flavors of bold fruit. Here are some dark chocolate options that work exceptionally well with:
• Cabernet Sauvignon
• PX Sherry
Additional Chocolate and Wine Pairings
• Chocolate with Caramel: sweet sparkling wines, Tawny Port, PX Sherry, Muscat
• Chocolate with Nuts: Tawny Port, PX Sherry
• Chocolate with Mint: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, dessert-style red wines
• Fudge: the sweeter the fudge, the sweeter the wine should be. Try a great Cab, Merlot, Bordeaux or Zinfandel
Now that you’ve read this list of great wine and chocolate pairings, you’ll be all set for the next time you host a party, hang with friends, enjoy a nice dinner or catch up on your favorite Netflix shows. Say goodbye to the challenge of pairing the right wines and chocolates together, and say hello to the wonderful flavors your taste buds are about to experience!