Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a delightful combination of wine and chocolate? Whether you're celebrating with your significant other or gathering with your gal pals for Galentine's Day, the pairing of decadent chocolate and exquisite wines is sure to elevate the occasion. In this blog post, we'll explore the art of pairing wine and chocolate and provide some key points to consider when creating the perfect combination.
When pairing wine and chocolate, it's essential to find a balance between the flavors of the chocolate and the characteristics of the wine. Both elements should complement and enhance each other, creating a sensory experience that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Matching the intensity of flavors is crucial for a harmonious pairing. Dark chocolates with higher cocoa percentages often pair well with full-bodied, robust wines such as Petite Sirah or Syrah. Milk chocolates or those with sweeter fillings might be better accompanied by lighter wines such as Grenache. MCV strives to produce bold wines and we have made some bold choices regarding our truffle pairing!
Finding shared flavor profiles can create a beautiful harmony between the chocolate and the wine. For example, a dark chocolate truffle with hints of red fruit may pair wonderfully with a red wine that exhibits similar berry flavors. In our pairing kit we have paired the 1105 (red blend) with an Earl Grey dark chocolate truffle because the floral presence in the Earl Grey compliments the floral notes of the wine.
Sometimes, contrasting flavors can make a pairing exciting and delicious. For instance, a rich, velvety chocolate may pair wonderfully with a sparkling wine, as the effervescence provides a delightful contrast to the chocolate's creaminess. Surprisingly, we paired the Aztec truffle with the Rosewynn Vineyard Petite Sirah because we enjoyed how the heat of the cayenne pushes the fruit in the fine.
The joy of wine and chocolate pairing lies in the ability to experiment and find combinations that suit your individual preferences. Don't be afraid to try different varieties of chocolate and wine to find your perfect pairing. In the tasting room we often add a pinch of salt to the pairing because the salt adds a savory element that can change the entire pairing experience. Whatever you do, have fun exploring different taste sensations and discovering your own personal favorites.
This Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day, make your celebration even more special with a perfectly paired wine and chocolate experience. Remember to strive for balance, consider intensity, look for similar flavors, and don't be afraid to experiment. Whether you choose to indulge in a wine and chocolate kit, book a pairing experience with us at MCV, or simply create your own pairing at home, the art of combining wine and chocolate is sure to elevate your festivities. Cheers to a delightful and memorable Valentine's Day!