Wine with Chocolate: Top Pairings to Try at Home
Although you may not think that wine and chocolate go together, these two delicious and decadent treats can actually be a match made in heaven.
Whether you love milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, full-bodied, light-bodied, or sweeter wine, there is something for everyone in the below chocolate wine pairing ideas. Plus, something for the beer and whiskey lover.
Plus, find out where to buy the perfect wine and chocolate pairing gift for someone who deserves a treat!
Top tips for enjoying wine and chocolate
If you are new to trying wine and chocolate together, then check out our top tips below to make sure you get the most from the decadent experience:
- Keep an open mind. Sometimes chocolate and wine pairings that seem odd are in fact a perfect match.
- Cleanse your palette. If you are indulging in chocolate and wine pairing after dinner, make sure that you cleanse your palette first so that you can truly appreciate the flavors.
- Don’t forget the aroma. Always smell your chosen wine and chocolate before tasting, as this can help to ensure you get the best possible experience.
- Create your own perfect pairings. Create chocolate and wine pairings that work for you. Build your own chocolate gift box here.
How to choose the right chocolate and wine pairing for you?
When it comes to choosing the right chocolate wine pairing, it is important to remember that everyone’s palate is different. This means that what one person thinks works well, another will not like at all.
If you are buying chocolate and wine for yourself, then a good rule of thumb is to go with what you like, both in terms of gourmet chocolates and wine, and then just see what works for you using the tried and tested techniques of trial and error.
However, if you are looking to buy a wine and chocolate pairing gift for a friend or family member, it is a safer idea to go with one of the above recommendations to avoid any unpalatable combinations that will not go down well.
Here at Dallmann, we are experts in all things chocolate and are standing by to make recommendations based on our years of experience and expertise.
Find the perfect wine and chocolate pairing gift here and put a smile on someone you love’s face.
Other types of chocolate pairings
Chocolate with nuts
If you love chocolates that have nuts inside them, then you should look for a quality Madeira, Tawny Port, or Sherry.
Chocolate with sea salt
Chocolate and sea salt are the perfect match, with the salt bringing out the flavors of any quality chocolate. Pair with sweet white wines, a Zinfandel, or a Madeira.
Chocolate with caramel
Oh-so sweet and decadent, if you can’t get enough of chocolates that ooze caramel, then you need to pick up a sweet sparkling wine, a Tawny Port, or a PX Sherry.
Chocolate with mint
6 tips to pair beer and chocolate
If you want to move beyon pairing your chocolate with wine, then jump-start pairing chocolate with your favorite beers, then the below tips should be just the trick.
- Be sure to balance sweet and bitter notes. Your beer should always be less bitter than your chosen chocolate.
- Highly acidic beers do not pair well with most chocolates.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with flavors. If you have a favorite craft beer and a preferred chocolate, give them a go together.
- Always ensure both your beer and chocolate are room temperature.
- Stout beers pair well with higher percentage dark chocolate, whereas bitter ales like IPAs (India Pale Ale) are better suited with medium body dark chocolate.
- If you find a white ale that isn’t too acidic, pairing it with chocolate that has citrus notes is a good complement.
6 tips to pair whiskey and chocolate
Not a big beer or wine drinker, or maybe this is gives you flexibility to stretch your tastebuds. Regardless, whisky, also known as Bourbon, which is made in the US, or Scotch, which is whisky made in Scotland, is loved by many. So if you are a fan of whiskey, then pairing whiskey and chocolate together is likely just the treat you’ve been looking for. Below are six tips to help you get started on your journey to becoming a whiskey and chocolate pairing master.
- Ensure that both your whiskey and chocolates are room temperature.
- Don’t add ice to your whiskey. Instead, add water if you want to dilute it.
- Allow your chosen chocolate to melt on your tongue so that you can fully appreciate its flavor notes.
- Medicinal-tasting whiskeys pair well with mint-flavored chocolates, whereas light and fruity whiskeys are better suited with nut-based chocolates.
- Rich and robust whiskeys pair wonderfully with ginger.
- Spicy scotches can be paired with bitter, dark chocolates for a complete taste explosion.
Chocolate Tasting Events
If you’re interested in learning more about chocolate and pairings, consider a chocolate and wine tasting event with Dallmann. You and your friends can enjoy a virtual tasting event with either one of our expert chocolatiers, or our in-house sommelier who will guide you through our elegant chocolate pairings piece by piece and sip by sip.
About the Dallmann Fine Chocolates Family
Dallmann Fine Chocolates has a long and rich history producing the best chocolate in San Diego, but don't just take our word for it.
Dallmann was voted as one of the TOP best San Diego chocolate companies by Kev's Best, voted one of the best chocolatiers in San Diego by Red Tricycle, and rated one of the best places to eat chocolates in San Diego by Eater San Diego.
Our history is embedded in creating our rich chocolate and patisserie, and we use that to bring you the very best flavors and delights. From the smooth Ecuador truffle to the sweet rosewater caramel, our flavors are inspired by worldwide cuisine giving you the very best range of choices for your own gourmet chocolates. I hope you love my wine chocolate pairing box as much as I did making it for you!