The Rule of the Day: Pair Sweet with Sweet
In general, it’s nice to complement your chocolate with a wine as sweet, if not sweeter. While it’s a given that you’ll have to sample the valley’s iconic Pinot Noir, you’ll want to enjoy this wine and its other dry counterparts before or after your chocolate sampling.
Milk Chocolate meets Merlot
With its smooth texture and creamy flavor, milk chocolate is appealing to almost any palette. Merlot makes a great counterpart since it contains soft tannins, a rich and fruity finish, and a sweet under-bite.
White Chocolate meets Moscato
It might be the most contentious chocolate out there –some people can’t resist it, while others claim it’s an imposter amongst chocolates. No matter where you stand, it’s hard to deny that white chocolate makes an ideal treat to pair with Moscato. The sweet flavor and bubbly texture makes it a refreshing partner to the light, intensely vanilla flavor that defines white chocolate.
Dark Chocolate meets Cabernet Sauvignon
Above a 70% cocoa content, chocolate has shifted from sweet to something a bit richer and complex. It’s often smokier and a little bitter so it needs a wine that can keep up. Cabernet sauvignon is full bodied and even a little savory. Its dark, fruity flavors bring out the best in your extra dark chocolate.
Final Advice: Don’t Forget to Pair Beer with Chocolate!
Beer can make a great partner to chocolate, too. Dry something full-bodied and just a tad bit sweet, like a porter or a stout. A hoppy IPA is a great choice if you’re sampling sweets with a kick, like salted or chili chocolate.
Remember, admission to the Chocolate Fair is completely free. Just join us ready for an adventure and a full appetite. We’ll see you at the sampling tables!