Pairing Wine with Chocolate: Follow Your Nose

By Jessica Nagy Pairing wine with chocolate is about more than just rich desserts and powerful Ports or Amarones;  it’s a subtle art that can have a big impact on the entire meal if done well. I recently spoke with Sommelier Rebecca Meïr-Liebman about how she takes on this challenge in a series of Sweet & Savoury chocolate-inspired dinners that she hosts with her husband, Chef Eyal Liebman, in Toronto. The next dinner will take place November 8 with all proceeds going to support Second Harvest. “I start by choosing the winery,” says Rebecca. In this case, it’s Niagara’s Henry […]

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Haunting Wines for Halloween Treats and Pairings that won’t Spook You

Something a bit scary happens on Halloween: we try pairing wine with mini Rolos, Mars bars and Smarties. Here are some tips on combinations that won’t frighten your palate … Count Dracula said, “I never drink … wine.” But for those of us who don’t enjoy his beverage of choice, wine is the way to go — even with Halloween treats. In between doorbell chimes, I like to polish off those mini chocolate bars with a glass of Messias 10 Year Old Tawny Port 1998 ($23.95, 91 points). This Portuguese dessert wine, with its river of almond and toffee flavour, […]

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Wine, Lamb and Ham Pairing: CTV Video

Here’s part two of our conversation about pairing wine with lamb and wine with ham for Easter, though the pairing tips apply year-round if you love these dishes and the wines that make them taste even better. I’ve also included tips on pairing wine with chocolate bunnies … it doesn’t matter whether you start with the ear or the tail! Wines recommended include: Quails’ Gate Estate Winery Gewurztraminer Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon Rosemount Estate Shiraz Reif Icewine Vidal Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Port Here’s part one of our chat on red wine and fish pairing. Posted with permission […]

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Chocolate and Wine Pairings for Valentine’s Day

In this short video, we pair wine and chocolate for Valentine’s Day … and every day in the year. Who needs a special occasion? You can find more tips on pairing chocolate and wine here. Explore delicious new matches that will surprise you with their flavour combinations. This video is part of an ongoing wine series with Canadian Press and is posted with permission.

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8 Sexy Wine + Food Pairings: Aphrodisiac Wines

Pairing wine with aphrodisiac foods sparked a passionate debate on CTV’s Canada AM this morning. (It’s never to early too think about it.) We’ll match libido-lifting dishes with different wine types to stimulate all of your senses. Many ingredients have historically been considered aphrodisiacs, sometimes because the food physically resembled male private parts (avocados, which according to the Aztecs, grew on the testicle tree) to their female counterparts (oysters and figs). Other foods, such as chili peppers, provoked the fiery passion of love, with its increased heart beat and sweating. Yet other foods may have contained minerals that increase energy, […]

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Red Wine and Cupcake Pairings: Red Velvet and Chocolate Guinness Meet Their Match

In our second video, we chat about pairing red wines with cupcakes: think red velvet, chocolate chocolate and chocolate Guinness (Belgian dark chocolate dipped in Guinness beer). Even lighter and drier red wines, such as pinot noir, have a place beside cupcakes. Discover some great combinations with the owners of Ottawa’s Cupcake Lounge. You can also watch part one of our chat where we pair carrot, butterscotch bourbon and maple cinnamon cupcakes with white wines and sparkling wines. The research never ends ;)  

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Wine and Chocolate Pairing with a Chocolate Sommelier

In my recent column for the Ontario interior design magazine Homefront, I featured wine and chocolate pairings, including an interview with chocolate sommelier Roxanne Browning, who teaches classes on pairing wine and chocolate.  You can also watch a couple of video interviews with Roxanne on this topic. What was your first experience with wine? My two brothers and I grew up in Oceanside, California, and neither of our parents drank wine. When we moved to the suburbs of Long Island, New York in the 1970s, drinking was the right of passage for young people. Cheap wine, Boones Farm Strawberry Hill, […]

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate + Wine Killer Combos Video

In our second video chat below, Master Chocolatier Derrick Tu Tan Pho reveals more of his secrets for pairing wine and chocolate, especially for Valentine’s Day. He’s also designed some lovely chocolate creations, and suggests rosemary-infused chocolate with habanero sea salt as an aprodisiac that pairs amazingly well with prosciutto and cheese (and a bear skin rug in front of a blazing fireplace) … What are your tips on pairing solid chocolate with wine? How about chocolate with raspberry or blackberry filling? How about Valentine’s Day? Anything special for the chocolate versus chocolate we enjoy at other times of the […]

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5 Romantic Wine & Chocolate Matches for Valentine’s Day – Canada AM

Bev and I chat about 5 to-die-for wine and chocolate pairings on Canada AM. Here are my top 10 matches to give you some more wines for your sweetie: Dark Chocolate and Masi Costasera Classico Amarone, Italy. Chocolate-Covered Biscotti and Henry of Pelham Vidal Icewine, Niagara. Chocolate-Orange Cake and Quinta de Ventozelo Reserva Ruby Port, Portugal. Chocolate with Nuts and Fonseca Bin No 27 Port, Portugal. Milk Chocolate and Puklus Pinceszet Tokaji, Hungary. Bittersweet Chocolate and La Pieve Barolo, Italy. Chocolate-Dipped Fruit and Inniskillin Wines Vidal Icewine, Niagara. Chocolate Ganache Truffles and Château Guiraud Sauternes, Bordeaux, France. Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake […]

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