Pairing wine and chocolate is not as difficult as it sounds … though it can require a little more thought than dishes that are more wine-friendly.
The debate rages on which type of wines red, white, sparkling, dessert) to pair with which type of chocolate (milk, dark, mousse, white).
There are actually combinations of dry wines and sweet types of chocolate that taste terrible together.
The rule of thumb for all desserts: the wine should be sweeter than the dessert, otherwise the wine will taste bitter by comparison.
I’ve developed a comprehensive list of wine and chocolate pairings in my interactive Wine & Food Matcher so that you pick any one of 50 types of chocolate, from ice cream to fudge to Hershey’s Kisses, and get suggestions for types of wines that will work.
Click on the button called “desserts” to find pairings for chocolate mud pie to chocolate cheesecake. These same pairings are also in my free mobile apps.
I recommend muscat and Sauternes for light chocolate mousse whereas my picks for dark chocolate mousse would be demi-sec champagne and vin santo.
Top 10 Wine and Chocolate Matches:
1. Dark chocolate with Banyuls, a red-tinted dessert wine from France’s Rhone Valley.
2. Chocolate-covered biscotti with Recioto Della Valpolicella, a sweet version of Italy’s classic Valpolicella, made from grapes that are allowed to dry and shrivel like raisins before they’re pressed.
3. Chocolate-orange cake with Australian muscat, aka a “sticky,” the Australian term for an ultra-sweet wine made from the muscat grape.
4. Chocolate and nuts with tawny port, a fortified wine from Portugal that is aged in barrel until the color turns from red to tawny.
5. Milk chocolate with Tokaji, the legendary wine of Hungary, once a favorite of the kings of Europe.
6. Bittersweet chocolate with Amarone, a super-rich red wine from Italy’s Veneto reigon. (Yes, Amarone is relatively dry, but so is bittersweet chocolate.)
7. Chocolate-dipped fruit with ice wine, a sweet white made from grapes that are allowed to freeze on the vine before they’re pressed.
8. Chocolate truffles with Sauternes, France’s most famous dessert wine, from the Bordeaux region.
9. Chocolate raspberry cheesecake with Framboise, a sweet fruit wine made from raspberries.
10. Cream-filled chocolate hearts with cream sherry — yes, as in Harvey’s Bristol Cream.
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