- Darker the chocolate the bolder the tannins. Try to compliment tannin structure between the chocolate and wine. Big tannic Petite Sirah with a dark chocolate.
- Consider the intensity of both the chocolate and wine. Lighter milk chocolate pairs with lighter red wines like a Grenache or Pinot Noir. A bittersweet chocolate pairs well with a more tannic wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Petite Sirah.
- The chocolate’s creaminess should be considered when thinking about the wine pairing. White chocolate is a bit more creamy or buttery than darker chocolates try Viognier.
- Let the chocolate melt and coat your mouth to truly taste the nuances. Then add the wine to taste both.
- Lastly, like other wine and food pairings, experiment. Host a wine and chocolate party and rate different pairings.
Five Tips for Wine + Chocolate Pairing
Wine Pairing / Feb 8th, 2023
Why is it an interesting pairing? Both chocolate and wine go through fermentation, and each have different levels of tannins.