Wine Pairing Guide: How to Pair Wine and Chocolate
Wine and chocolate are some of the greatest pleasures in life. However, not all wine and chocolate pairings are created equal. The wrong wine pairing can lead to a bitter mess. For the best pairing, try to match the flavor intensity of the chocolate with your wine selection. To help you get started, we’ve put together a simple guide for how to pair wine with chocolate. Enjoy!
Dark chocolate tends to have low sugar levels and is more bitter in taste. For the best wine pairing, choose a less sugary wine with just a hint of sweetness. Avoid dry red wines that will result in too much bitterness. Instead, savor dark chocolate by pairing it with a handcrafted, full-bodied Australian Shiraz.
Best wines for pairing with dark chocolate:
Milk chocolate is great for pairing with wine. It’s the most versatile, making it easy to pair with a variety of wines. We recommend enjoying milk chocolate along with one of our sweet, California small-batch Merlots.
Best wines for pairing with milk chocolate:
- Pinot Noir
White chocolate may not technically be classified as chocolate, but it’s still a great companion for wine. Match the intense sweetness of white chocolate by pairing it with a wine that’s just as sweet. One of our French Rosés is the perfect match to deliver the sweet notes from the wine to your taste buds.
Best wines for pairing with white chocolate:
Wine Pairing Tips
If you’re still not sure which wine to use, choose Prosecco or a sparkling white wine. You can never go wrong with bubbles!
When pairing wine and chocolate, remember the following rule. Match the intensity of the chocolate with the sweetness of the wine for best results. Like all rules, this one is okay to break. Get creative with your wine and chocolate pairings to find what you enjoy the most!
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