Pairing Wine and Chocolate
Chocolate is synonymous with indulgence and sinful desires, and the same goes for wine, so it is natural that they should be good together. The wine experts give some wines which go very well with the extravagant sin of your favorite chocolate. Try the Chocolate Espresso Pots de Creme which is rich and dark, and it enhanced when it is paired with a nice aromatic cabernet. Some of the ideas to pair wine with chocolates are as follows.
For desserts like a light mousse or for light chocolate desserts the best wines to go are:
- A lush, ripe California Cabernet or Merlot
- Italian light sweet sparkling wine (Asti Spumante)
- California Orange Muscat (Quady Essensia, which is great with chocolate/orange desserts)
- Unfortified sweet wines from the Muscat family
- Young Sauternes
- California Black Muscat (Quady Elysium)
For a wine to go with a nice flourless chocolate cake or with some medium weight deserts:
- Muscat de Rivesaltes
- Muscat de Beames-de-Venise
- Muscatels de Valencia
- Muscat vins doux naturals from Languedoc-Roussillon
If your heart is fixed on a the rich heavy chocolate cakes and tortes and truffles, then the wines to enhance their flavor are:
- Ten-year-old Tawny port
- Ruby port
- Australian liqueur Muscats
The biggest mistake you can make while pairing chocolate with wine is to pair it with sweet chocolate. The best chocolate to go with it is Chocolat Grand Amer, 85% cacao, from the Paris house of Michel Cluizel.
All of the wines pair really well with this extremely dry chocolate because of the coffee-bean bitter quality that it possesses. The simplicity and austereness of this chocolate makes it a perfect background for any wine, even the California Cabernet which is one of the richest wines available will work very well with this chocolate because this is one un-sweet sweet chocolate. The best to go with it however are the spirits that do not sit quite as well with all the other sweet chocolates.