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Chocolate & Wine Pairing
You can be completely adventurous when it comes to pairing chocolate and wine—it all comes down to your personal taste and preference.
But if you’d like to know the rules before you break them, here are some guidelines and recommended pairings:
Guidelines for Chocolate & Wine Pairing
- Your wine should always be sweeter than your chocolate.
- Pair chocolate and wine according to color: The darker the chocolate, the darker the wine.
- Try to match the smoothness and full-body flavours of the wine to the chocolate.
|Chardonnay, Riesling or Pinot Grigio||Ghana Single Origin Bar
Himalayan Pink Salt Caramel—Milk
|Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon||Peru Single Origin Bar
Ecuador Single Origin Bar
Ecuador With Himalayan Pink Salt and Lampong Pepper
|Pinot Noir, Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Riesling, Ruby Port||Ghana Single Origin Bar
Classic Milk Chocolate Bar
|Tawny Port, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rancho Zabaco||Classic 70% Dark Chocolate Bar
Classic 88% Dark Chocolate Bar
Peru Single Origin Bar with Cocoa Nibs
|Chardonnay or Riesling||Hedgehog Minis
Grand Marnier Truffle
|Sherry or Port||Sweet Georgia Browns—Dark
Irish Cream Truffle
|Champagne or Rosé||White Cameo Truffle
|Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Merlot or Cabernet||Kahlua Truffle
Ice Wine Truffle
Dark Chocolate Heart Truffle
|Cabernet Sauvignon||Himalayan Pink Salt Caramel—Dark|
|Sauvignon Blanc or Shiraz||Himalayan Pink Salt Caramel—Milk|
Wine & Chocolate Tasting Instructions
- Always taste the wine first. Chocolate contains cocoa butter that coats the inside of your mouth and masks the flavour of the wine.
- Before tasting the wine, check its colour and clarity.
- Swirl the wine in the glass. This helps release the aroma of the wine and give you an indication of alcohol content.
- How is the aroma of the wine: fruity, floral, herby, oaky?
- Take a sip. How does the body of the wine feel, thin or heavier?
- Evaluate the tannins: Is there a puckering sensation? Does the wine make your mouth feel dry?
- Evaluate the acidity level of the wine.
- Before the taste of the wine dissipates, taste your chocolate.
- The ‘magic moment’ is when the unique flavours of the wine and chocolate marry together in your mouth for a truly sensational experience.
Chocolate & Tea Pairing
Yes, you can pair tea and chocolate together—it’s actually quite the aromatic adventure, as the warmth of the tea “activates” the flavours in the chocolate.
There are no hard rules as to which kind of chocolate should go with any particular tea, but here’s a general idea.
Basic Pairing Principles for Tea & Chocolate
- For an enhanced experience, look for contrasting flavour notes in the tea and chocolate.
- Darker teas pair better with dark chocolate, lighter teas with milk or white chocolate.
- Sweeter teas go well with dark chocolate. For milk or white chocolate, choose spicy, fruity teas for a guaranteed burst of flavour.
Chocolate & Cheese Pairing
One is savoury, and one is (generally) sweet—which is what makes chocolate and cheese a fantastic pairing at your next get-together or simply to enjoy by yourself.
Not sure where to start? Here are a couple of recommendations:
Pairing Principles for Chocolate & Cheese
- The sweetness of chocolate tends to overpower other flavours, so be sure to serve double the cheese and sample it first.
- Add contrasting textures to your cheese by introducing caramels, chocolate-covered nuts or toffees for a nice crunch.
- Don’t limit yourself to just hard cheeses! Consider pairing chocolate with sweeter options such as Mascarpone, Ricotta or Cottage Cheese.
- Chocolate and cheese also go great together in baking! Try our Brie Cheese Appetizer recipe or the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe. (Want more delicious chocolate recipes? Here you go!).
|Asiago||Sweet Georgia Browns
Nutty Mac White
|Gouda||Crisps & Chocolate Bar
|Aged Cheddar||Dark Chocolate Bark with Hazelnuts & Rosemary
Dark or Milk Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels
Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Bark
Blueberry Almond Bar
Single Origin Bar— Ecuador
Single Origin Bar— Peru
|Blue Cheese||Grand Marnier Truffle
Himalayan Pink Salt Caramel—Dark