If you love chocolate as much as we do, then you must know that it’s also best paired with a good glass of wine! But often, it isn’t paired with the best one for that specific taste of chocolate. But don’t worry! If you’re craving that yummy chocolate and a good glass of wine, then read ahead for the best chocolate and wine pairing!
Always remember, that matching wine and chocolate is all about balance! You’d always want that perfect harmony with both the flavours of the wine with your favourite chocolate!
What Wine To Pair With Dark/Bittersweet Chocolate
Dark and Bittersweet chocolates are one of my favourites because of their rich and intense flavour. They have that combination of roasted, earthy yet fruity, and nutty notes which are loved by most people who have sophisticated flavour profiles!
Because of these intense flavours in dark and bitter chocolate, the best wines to pair them with should be bolder, more dense, full-bodied red wines with fruity notes! We suggest you go for a Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec, Merlot Tawny Port, and Zinfandel.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red which is the perfect pair for dark and bittersweet chocolate because of its intensity! While the Fruity medium to full-bodied nature of a Shiraz creates a great complementary match with dark chocolate that has a cocoa content of 50%. A Grenache on the other hand can be a great match with heavy-tasting chocolate because of the sweet fruit notes of the wine which can balance out the bitterness in a bar of dark chocolate.
What Wine To Pair With Milk Chocolate
Milk Chocolate is the go-to for sweet-toothed individuals! It has a smaller percentage of cacao, and a higher sugar and milk content. Some have a flavour profile of brown sugar, vanilla, honey, caramel, cream, nutty, and malt. These beautiful sweets are often nicely paired with lighter and fruitier low alcohol reds or even a Muscat or Tokay. The butterscotch and toffee flavours create a great pair with milk chocolate as it enhances its flavourful notes when drunk with the wine! If you’re in love with sparkling wine, a great choice to pair with milk chocolate is a great Sparkling Red! The complex notes of a sparkling red often make them perfect to pair with any dessert and with flavoured chocolate. Plus, you’ll have fun bubbly while you enjoy your treats!
What Wine To Pair With White Chocolate
White Chocolate isn’t really chocolate as they say, but instead is made with cocoa butter, sugar, and milk solids! (Sometimes even with flavours such as strawberry, orange, etc) But even though it isn't technically chocolate, we still love it as a sweet dessert! Because of its different flavour profiles, they can easily be paired with a lot of wines!
A great pair with white chocolate would be Australian Moscato. With its light and aromatic nature with fruity and spritzy flavours create a great and refreshing pair! Fruity flavour notes such as lychee, apricot, and stone fruit are great for finer and lighter chocolates and desserts! Riesling also has that exotic sweetness that creates a great complement to the white chocolates’ vanilla, caramel, and honey tones. We suggest you pair your favourite white chocolate with Semi-dry Sparkling whites, Gewurztraminer, Moscato, and a late-harvest Riesling.
Pairing wine and chocolate sure can be an adventure! So if you’re in for a great ride, make sure you took notes for your next wine and chocolate cravings!