Wine and chocolate? What’s not to love! This article delves into more than just excellent wine and chocolate pairings; it also explains the culinary science concepts that make these pairings work so well together. Read on to learn more about delicious chocolate and wine pairings!
Travel Awaits ~ ” There are countless wines from which to choose as well as abundant chocolates. We have tasted some of the best of each during our travels around the world. Chocolate provides a good baseline for deciding your wine options, so we’ll use that as our pairing platform. Some basic guidelines can help you create delicious pairings, but remember that everyone’s taste is different. This is about having fun, so try what sounds good to you and see what happens! We’ll do our best to put the best with the best, in our opinion, to help you create your own fantastic chocolate and wine pairings to try at home.
Dark Chocolate And Juicy Reds
Dark chocolate includes 35 percent or more cocoa solids. For those who don’t care for sweets, this category is the golden ticket. Some brands recognized for amazing dark chocolate include the French Valrhona, Swiss Lindt, Belgium’s Godiva, and Endangered Species made in the U.S. The higher the percentage of cocoa solids, the more intense the cocoa content.
White Chocolate And The Sweet Finishers
Some say that white chocolate is not true chocolate because it does not incorporate the cocoa nibs that give typical chocolates their distinctive brown color. We say fooey! White chocolate, which must contain at least 20 percent cocoa butter, is just another delicious variation that we want to include in our chocolate and wine pairing library. These days many chocolatiers use white chocolate as a base for unique creations and exciting possibilities for broadening the horizons of chocolate lovers everywhere. Green and Black’s and Askinosie make white chocolate tasty enough to convince even non-believers.
Pairing white chocolate with wine is not as challenging as it may sound. We typically head for our favorite dessert wines. Ice wine, Moscato d’Asti, late harvest riesling, and cream sherry complement the flavors of white chocolate well. Ice wines are a real treat. They get their sweet flavor from the grapes being left ripening on the vines even as they freeze in frigid winter temperatures. They’re made with various grapes such as cabernet franc and gruner veltliner. Some of our favorites come from Inniskillin. We love the light bubbles of Risata and Mia Dolcea Moscato d’Asti wines. Osborne and Harveys Bristol cream sherry are also great choices. ” ~ Travel Awaits
Click the link below for even more excellent chocolate and wine pairings.
**Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.