Whether it’s Easter long weekend, Valentine’s Day or just a normal Wednesday night in front of the telly, if you ever needed an excuse to crack a block of Cadbury with your Pinot, have we got good news for you.
Pairing wine with food makes alot of sense and while not a classic food combination, if you follow a few simple rules with your chocolate and wine matching you'll maximise the flavour enjoyment of both. Certified wine expert and marketing manager for exclusive liquor brands at Coles Carolyn Etherington shares a few tips on which chocolate pairings work best with wine.
Think strawberries and cream here - red fruit flavours with a lighter chocolate taste. "Sweet white wines such as Moscato, off-dry Rieslings and Gewürztraminers," suggests Jeff Dibble from Domaine Wine Shippers. “Pinot Noir is a shockingly good pairing with white chocolate,” says Carolyn. “The white chocolate acts as the fat to deliver sweet flavours of red cherries, strawberries, and raspberries found in the wine.”
“Pinot Noir is a shockingly good pairing with white chocolate”Carolyn Etherington
A good milk chocolate is usually about half chocolate and half cream and this is the best all-rounder for pairing with your favourite tipple - even sparkling red wine. “The extra fat from the cream makes milk chocolate one of the easiest “true” chocolates to pair liquor with,” says Carolyn, which means you can enjoy a variety of red wines, including fortified selections - such as a tawny port, Muscat and Tokay - with a block (or two) at the end of a meal, or while you chat and/or play cards into the night.
For those who prefer a darker chocolate, things start to get interesting as it can pair well with wine with similar flavour characteristics. “The polyphenols in dark chocolate mirror those in wine and give both a slightly bitter taste,” says Carolyn. “The bitterness in dark chocolate is what we recommend balancing out with a properly selected wine pairing. Shiraz, Zinfandel and Malbec are all great pairings for dark chocolate.”
"Dark Choc LOVES Pedro Ximenez sherry"Jeff Dibble
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