Wine and chocolate are great partners when it comes to refreshments at high-scale meetings and small gift packages to show appreciation to someone dear to you. Different types of chocolate, however, require different types of wines. Here are a few ideas for pairing wine with chocolate.
Milk chocolate is the most common type of chocolate, and its smooth, creamy and fatty texture makes it easier to pair than bitter dark chocolate. A Pinot Noir, Merlot, Riesling, or Muscat are all good choices. Rich, smooth, creamy and fruity wines all go well with milk chocolate.
Dark and bittersweet chocolate have a bitter taste. You’ll need a wine that is robust, sweet and has a bold taste so that the chocolate won’t overshadow the taste of the wine. A Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon are good choices, as are Port-styled wines or a Malbec.
White chocolate is often sweeter and softer. Remember that you want your wine to be sweeter than your chocolate, not the other way around. Look for sweet wines such as Sherry or Moscato D’Asti. Rose Port, Vintage Port, Ice Wine, and Orange Muscat are also good choices.
Caramel chocolate brings a whole new ingredient into the picture: A sweet and salty taste. Cream Sherry works well with sweet and salty flavors, as do sweet champagnes. You could also try an Amontillado Sherry or a Lambrusco.
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