As the Easter holidays come to an end, you’re probably wondering how to choose your wine with chocolate. Chocolate lovers will never be without an excellent wine to accompany this delicacy. In this article, you will discover the best wines to accompany these chocolate pleasures thanks to the teams of Château Cantenac Brown.
Different food and wine pairing according to the cocoa content of the chocolate
As you know, chocolate is made from cocoa. Cocoa, like wine, has tannins. These molecules make you feel a sense of structure in your mouth. Thus, the characteristics of chocolate, and its cocoa content, vary greatly depending on your choice. Whether it is white, milk, 75% cocoa or 90% cocoa, chocolate does not express the same flavors and it will be necessary to make a different food and wine pairing. There is a simple way to find your way through your tastings: the darker the chocolate, the more tannic it is.
That being said, we generally advise you to opt for simple and similar pairings. As a result, you can pair a sweet, light chocolate with a wine that shares these characteristics. On the other hand, when the chocolate gets more serious (with a higher cocoa content), you can turn to more tannic wines. However, some pairings can have pitfalls. To avoid these, we recommend that you use sweet; this is the case with the dark chocolate presented in the following article.
Wine and white chocolate
The flavors of white chocolate and the aromas developed during the tasting of the latter invite us to turn to sweet wines or to sparkling wines. These pairings on the fruit and sweetness will satisfy the taste buds of lovers of beautiful tastings.
On the other hand, in case you feel like an explorer, you can turn to more original pairings. For this, you should turn to a red wine based on Cabernet Franc. This pairing is based on the contrast and allows to associate the sweetness of the mete with the tannins of the wine.
Wine and milk chocolate
Milk chocolate often appears to be an intermediary for which choosing a wine can be difficult. So, to choose the right red wine with milk chocolate, we recommend a Pinot Noir or Merlot based wine. If your choice is Merlot, we advise you to choose a wine that has already evolved, with melted tannins. The balance between the fruit of the food and the fruity aromas of the wine will be perfect.
If you prefer to turn to a white wine with your milk chocolate, Alsace will be your ideal companion with its great Riesling.
Wine and dark chocolate
Dark chocolate has a high cocoa content. It is one of the foods for which food and wine pairing can be particularly perilous. You can then move away from wine and turn to natural sweet wines or spirits, especially if the cocoa content of chocolate exceeds 80%. You can also turn to a red wine with an evolved tannic structure. For this, choose vintages that are at least 10 to 15 years old.
Red wine and chocolate
The question is sometimes asked: can we marry red wine and chocolate? The answer is obviously yes, as you have understood in this article. However, in general, you must take care to match the tannic structure of the wine with the tannic structure of the chocolate. You can thus choose a Grand Cru Classé of 1855 with your chocolate provided that you turn to a vintage already evolved.
You now have all the information you need to succeed in your wine and chocolate tasting. All you have to do is apply what you have learned and feed yourself with it. To you, these moments of gustatory pleasure.