Wine and Chocolate Pairings

November 21, 2013 3 Comments

For Wine and Chocolate Lovers

Chocolate and wine are two of the most complex, delicious and indulgent culinary delights one can enjoy, but pairing them can be tricky business! Both can overwhelm the senses, in addition, some chocolates can coat the palate and some wines can leave the palate dry. I've taken the time to demystify this pairing challenge and have found some excellent pairing suggestions that bring out the best in both! Dessert wines pair the best with chocolates and can confidently stand on their own for a "liquid dessert". I know not everyone enjoys dessert wines, but these often overlooked wines are the most tedious wines to craft and can offer the most complex, interesting flavours and earn some of the highest ratings from the world's strictest wine critics. So even if you don't love them, I urge you to try them...someone went through a lot of work to make it! Dessert wines can get their sweetness and complexity from several different wine making methods. I've listed three of the most popular methods here. (And, yes! I serve all three styles at our Wine and Chocolate Parties!) Dried grape wines Whether the grapes are dried in the sun, left on the vine to freeze or shrivel due to noble rot the natural sugar content in the grape is concentrated resulting in a sweet wine. Same famous examples of this technique are Sauternes from France, Recioto from Italy and Canada's very own ice wine!
Pairing Suggestion: Susan Balbo Late Harvest Malbec and our dark chocolate Cinnamon Ginger
Fortified wines Famous wines such as Port use this method of partially fermenting the sugars then arresting the fermentation process by adding grape brandy. Fortified wines can be made with either white or red grapes and can be either aged in barrels or in bottles. The result is a broad spectrum of characteristics - from raspberry and plums to spice and rich, nutty flavours.
Pairing Suggestion: Sandeman Tawny Port 20 Year Old with our milk chocolate Mochaccino praline and seasonal Earl Grey ganache
Solera wines Sherries are the most popular example of this wine making method. Similar to port, Sherry is fortified but at the end of the fermentation process. Then, the young fortified wines are blended with older fortified wines to add complexity.
Pairing Suggestion: Emilio Lustau Sherry East India Solera NV with our Amaretto fresh cream and our dark chocolate Carre Cognac
Are you drooling? I am! If you would like to experiment or learn more about wine and chocolate pairings, please join us for one of our public Wine and Chocolate Classes or book your own private Wine and Chocolate Party! Pick up a bottle of one of the suggested wines and a box of our assorted chocolate for the perfect hostess gift this holiday season. And for a unique Christmas gift for your favourite wine and chocolate lover, we also sell gift certificates for our Wine and Chocolate classes!


3 Responses

CocoLady
CocoLady

June 05, 2014

Just bought some new sherry, tokay and port today : ) Looks like a private pre-screening tasting is in order!

Sofie Blunck
Sofie Blunck

June 05, 2014

I am a big fan of port and sherry in the winter months(and chocolate every day of the year;)).
What a great Christmas/ hostess gift idea! A bottle of your choice and a"matching" box of chocolates!
I may even feel confident enough to host my own pairing party after reading this post!

Brenda Sargeant
Brenda Sargeant

June 05, 2014

TOTALLY drooling. I really need to experiment with wine more (and chocolate of course!), I tend to stick to the couple I love and never step out of that bubble.

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