With Valentine's Day quickly approaching plenty of people will begin thinking about romancing their loved one with chocolate and a great bottle of wine. However it is easy to miss the mark when pairing the two if you don't follow a few simple rules.
- Pair the wine and chocolate by level of sweetness. If you are wanting to pair chocolate with a hearty Cabernet your best bet is a dark chocolate with relatively little sugar. Look for 70% and above.
- A semi-sweet rose is a failsafe pairing with any chocolate covered fruit, and most especially chocolate covered strawberries. Suggestion: Elio Perone Bigaro.
- Think about ports and sherrys for a really rich and decedent pairing. These are perfect for rich chocolate desserts. Try chilling the port/sherry before serving, it focuses the flavors and tames the sweetness. Suggestion: Alvear BX 1927 Sherry