Valentine’s Day – wine and chocolate pairing
Valentine’s Day wine and chocolate – This coming Wednesday is Valentine’s Day – a special day of the year that is consecrated for the celebration of love. Valentine’s Day is a day when friends and lovers get together to express affection for each other. A wine and chocolate pairing activity is an original way to share the tenderness for each other.
Not only are red wine and dark chocolate some of life’s greatest pleasures, but they are also fantastic for the health. These two items have been proven to cut down the risk of heart disease. As you know, red wine possess a very powerful antioxidant named resveratrol, which works in team with Vitamin C to lower the formation of blood clots, and reduce cancer risk. In addition dark chocolate has a property to reduce blood pressure. Beyond the health benefits, a chocolate wine pairing is a feast for the senses.
So follow this method for St-Valentine’s day and repeat as required. Hold the stem of your glass as you stare into the penetrating red color of your wine and the dark soothing brown nuances of the chocolate. Right after bring the glass to your nose and take a deep whiff of the wine bouquet… ahh. At this moment you and your Valentine have to enfold the moment with a cling of your glasses. Finally, to complete the pairing activity you must taste a piece of chocolate, by letting it warm in your mouth, sipping your wine and allowing the flavours to do the rest of the work.
How to pair wine with chocolate
If chocolate is not paired correctly with wine, you could end up with a not so great experience in your palate. For this reason, matching wine with chocolate should be approached with attention to flavours. The important rule to remember is quite simple- pair similar things together. For example a lighter chocolate goes better with a lighter red wine and a darker chocolate suits better a more structured wine. For instance, Cabernet Sauvignon is an ideal partner for dark chocolate. A merlot could do the job with a mid bittersweet chocolate. It takes some pairing practice to find the ideal match but more important, the one you like.
A word of caution for white chocolate
White chocolate is silkier and quite buttery in flavour, making it a perfect partner in crime for some sweet styles of Sherry, and Moscato d’Asti. The two wine styles will absorb the chocolate’s creamy texture. Another option, for matching wine with white chocolate is the contrast technique. While very risky, when is done correctly, the match is unbelievable
For example, if you take the high alcohol and intense fruit profile of a California Grenache and pair it with the delicate texture and silkiness of white chocolate, it can have an unusual bonding effect. The wine’s tannin mellow under the chocolate’s fat profile and make shine the ripe Grenache fruit right to the surface.
Happy St Valentine’s day and have fun with your wine chocolate pairing exercise.
Disclaimer: The following wines were given as samples and tasted in a product portfolio group by their respective importers for review purposes.
Kilikanoon 2016 Mulga Grenache Syrah Mourvedre
( Clare Valley, Australia) SAQ # 13385317 $19.00)
This Australian Rhone Blend display an alluring nose of pickled black cherry, leather with mulled wine spices and a irresistible black olive tapenade aroma. On the mouth, the wine is round and creamy with subtle tannins. Flavours bring to mind more dark fruit such as dry prunes, Indian black pepper and barnyard nuances. Perfect to drink now but could improve for the next 5 years. (Taste it with a saffron five spice chocolate truffle.)
Don Pascual Tannat Merlot 2016 ( Canelones, Uruguay)
SAQ # 10746501 $13.05
A beautiful red wine from Uruguay!!. Lovely nose displaying red fruit in sauce with some light leather and spice notes. On the mouth, the wine is fruit forward, medium body with fine tannins. It is very easy to drink. Enjoy it with a hibiscus raspberry chocolate
Bodegas Castano Solanera Viñas Viejas 2015 ( Yecla, Spain)
SAQ # 11664902 $19.55
Brooding dark fruit with espresso and dark chocolate nuances. Liquorice and menthol with soft undertones of trumpet mushrooms as well. On the mouth, structured and racy with tight tannins. Drink now or keep it for the next 5 years. Amazing match with a dark chocolate infused with fresh mint.
Mas Collet Montsant 2015 ( Montsant, Spain)
SAQ # 642538 $19.00
Wild raspberry, cassis, mountain scrub, with smoke and black cherry. Full body with muscular and fleshy tannins. Long peppery finale. An amazing quality price ratio for the price. Decant for 30 min or keep it for the next 5 years. Pair it with old rum and raisin truffles.
Domaine de la Cendrillon Inédite Languedoc-Roussillon 2014 ( Languedoc, France)
SAQ # 12798486 $27.50
On the nose complex nuances of barnyard notes with cured green and black olives notes wrapped up in creamy oak and cassis jam. On the mouth, potent but quite structured with a very long finale. Amazing with a fig and balsamic condiment chocolate truffle.
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