Perfect Pairings - Wine and Chocolate
February 1st, 2013
Peggy Fiandaca

Two of my favorite episodes of I Love Lucy show are the candy episode where Lucy and Ethel are working in a candy factory and the other is her stomping grapes. Both episodes are classics and they highlight two things that come together for a perfect pairing –
wine and chocolate.
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  Why does chocolate and wine go so well together? It is not just because they are two of my favorite things in the world (besides Eppy and Curt).

One of the reasons is that chocolate has different levels of tannins as does wine.

When pairing a chocolate think about the tannin level in both. Typically the darker the chocolate the tannins are bolder.

Here are a couple of other tips.
    • Consider the intensity of both the chocolate and wine when choosing to pair. For example, pair a lighter milk chocolate with a lighter red wine like a Merlot where a bittersweet chocolate will pair well with a more tannic wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Lawrence Dunham Vineyard’s 2010 Petite Sirah.
    • The creaminess of the chocolate will also provide you guidance about an appropriate wine pairing. White chocolate is a bit more creamy or buttery than many darker chocolates so you might want to pair a Muscato or Lawrence Dunham Vineyard ’s Viognier. The effervescence in our current Viognier release will pick up the creaminess of the white chocolate.

Lastly, like other wine and food pairings it is important to experiment. Host a wine and chocolate party and experiment by rating different pairings. Let us know what you discover.

There is something truly decadent about dipping fruit in rich, wonderful chocolate. But when you infuse the fruit with wine, this treat is truly over the top.

The recipe for “Wine Infused Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.” is available at this link.