Basic Rules for Wine & Chocolate Pairings
First rule: Quality! Both the chocolate and the wine should be of high standard in order for them to produce an excellent taste when paired together. Secondly, the type of wine and the type of chocolate should be compatible. If so, the taste of the two stimulants will even enhance each other’s and make for a heightened overall flavour. Let us give you some tips on how to create some of those brilliant combinations.
Sweet chocolate goes best with a sweet wine. The wine should be sweeter than the chocolate chosen. A dessert wine, such as sherry, goes well with a piece of high-quality caramel chocolate after a delicious meal. Or try fine milk chocolate with port wine – you will be surprised.
When tasting wine and chocolate, first taste the wine only. Afterwards let the chocolate melt in your mouth, before adding a small sip of wine to get a nice, combined melt. The unity of flavours will work its magic. To round it off and intensify the taste you can take another sip of wine.