A Valentine’s Day Pairing: Wine & Chocolate

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

Whether you are single or in a relationship, Feb 14th is probably giving you a little bit of anxiety. Let’s ignore the stress and focus on the best part of this holiday: flowers, wine and chocolate. ProFlowers created a handy wine and chocolate pairings guide that will help you with two of the three (and you can check their site if you need any flowers for delivery). Wine connoisseurs have differing opinions on pairing the bold tannins of wine and chocolate, but I refuse to stop enjoying two of my favorite things together. In case you are in my camp, scroll through and find some new pairings to enjoy!

Pairing wine and chocolate can be a contentious point for wine connoisseurs. The rich, bold tastes of both makes marrying them difficult. In order to make sure you can highlight accents of the wine as well as the chocolate, check out the shareable guide below. We also researched a few basic rules that will help simplify the complicated business of pairing tannins with tastes.

Chocolate has an array of strong flavors including sweet, bitter, fruity and even acidic. These tastes do not pair well with a standard dry table wine. Regardless of how lovely a bottle of wine it is, after a bite of a rich chocolate bar it won’t have any flavor. Try a sweet dessert wine instead! The comparable richness will enhance the taste of both.

Basic wine and chocolate pairing rules:

  1. The wine should be as sweet as the chocolate.
  2. Begin pairing by color. The darker the chocolate, the darker the wine.
  3. When possible, opt for a high quality chocolate bar.
  4. Consider texture as well as taste.

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Now that you are a wine connoisseur, why not try pairing your favorite wine with the chocolate of your choosing? If you need some help, check out our perfectly paired collection. You bring the wine, let us handle the table decor and dessert.

 

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  1. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. In September I went to a wine tasting in Arizona, which paired wine with chocolate. I enjoyed it very much, but didn’t think to write down what chocolate was paired with which wine. Your guide will be great to keep for future reference!

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