How to pair the right wines with the right chocolates

Wine and chocolate have been a dynamic duo for as long as most people can remember.

Wine and chocolate have been a dynamic duo for as long as most people can remember.

Andrew Bopes with Mon Ame Chocolate and Wine Bar in downtown Wilmington says that’s due to the nature or scenario in which each are consumed.

“When you’re having a bad day, it lifts you up,” Bopes said. “Or if you’re celebrating, you also indulge in either of those.”

Some of the pairings Bopes recommends are:

  • Chardonnay with a salted caramel chocolate
    • The creaminess of the wine pairs nicely with the soft caramel. The salt on the caramel also helps incorporate all the flavors together.
  • French Grenache with a bourbon chocolate
    • Both the chocolate and the wine have fruit flavors (specifically cherry) that complement each other nicely.
  • Dry red wine from Portugal with Aztec chocolate
    • Both have spicy notes to them that go well together.

Wine and chocolate pairing are something anyone can do at home, and you don’t even have to get that fancy with it. Here are the basic rules:

  • White chocolate: ice wines, late-harvest rieslings, moscato, cream sherry
  • Milk chocolate: pinot noir, merlot, port, Madeira
  • Dark chocolate: zinfandel, shiraz, port, sherry

 

If you’re more of a champagne and strawberries kind of person, check out how to make your own chocolate covered strawberries!


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