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HOW TO PAIR YOUR CHOCOLATE WITH WINE AND BEER

March 25, 2017

LET'S TALK ABOUT PAIRING. FIRST THING, I AM NOT A HUGE PAIRING FAN, I TEND TO LIKE MY WINE AND MY CHOCOLATE SEPARATE. FOR ME, THIS IS MAINLY BECAUSE WINE AND CHOCOLATE TEND TO OCCUPY THE SAME PALATE AND CAN "FIGHT" FOR RECOGNITION, WHICH CAN MUDDLE THE FLAVORS. HOWEVER, IF PAIRED CORRECTLY, YOU CAN FIND AMAZING FLAVORS THAT COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER. I RECENTLY DID A WINE AND CHOCOLATE PARING WITH LOCAL WINERY O.G. CELLARS AND I WAS AMAZED AT THE FLAVORS THAT CAME FROM OUR WINE AND CHOCOLATE COMBINATIONS AND LEARNED A LOT ABOUT TWO OF MY FAVORITE THINGS, WINE AND CHOCOLATE! 

 

 

FOR A QUICK RULE OF THUMB...

 

WINE  \\ 

 

ALWAYS GO ONE STEP SWEETER WITH THE WINE, THAN THE CHOCOLATE.

 

WHITE CHOCOLATE   +   SWEET WHITE WINES

 

MILK CHOCOLATE AND CARAMEL   +  SWEET SPARKLING WHITE  or PINOT NOIR

 

DARK CHOCOLATE (40-69%)  +   ZINFANDEL, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT

 

BITTERSWEET (70-99%)  +  BORDEAUX, SHIRAZ, PORT

 

 

 

 

 

BEER  \\

 

MELLOW    WITH    MELLOW

 

INTENSE    WITH    INTENSE

 

 

DARK CHOCOLATE +  IMPERIAL STOUTS, SMOKED PORTERS, CHOCOLATE STOUT AND BROWN ALE

 

MILK CHOCOLATE AND CARAMEL  +   GREAT COMPLEMENT TO BARLEY WINES

 

 

EVERY PALATE IS DIFFERENT. TASTE A SMALL BITE OF YOUR CHOCOLATE AND DECIDE WHAT YOU THINK IT WOULD PAIR WELL WITH, THEN, GIVE IT A TRY AND YOU'LL BE AMAZED AT THE NEW FLAVORS YOU DISCOVER.

 

BELOW IS OUR CURRENT PAIRING OPTIONS, TRY THEM ALONE OR WITH A BEVERAGE OF YOUR LIKING!

 

 

Happy pairing! Tell us what your favorite pairing was!

 

 

 

 

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