Pairing Wine & Chocolate

Bread and butter. Cheese and crackers. Wine and chocolate. Some things are just meant for each other. If you love chocolate, and you love wine, you can’t go wrong with these delicious pairing ideas that will take your Valentine’s Day from semi-sweet to irresistible!

First things first: When choosing a wine, pick a varietal that is as sweet or sweeter than the chocolate you are going to taste. A sweeter chocolate, such as white chocolate, will go beautifully with a lighter, fruity wine. Try Concannon Reserve Chardonnay or an Orange Muscat, which pairs well with the smooth, buttery flavor of white chocolate.

The intensity of the wine should also be considered in your pairing choice. More delicate chocolates should be matched with lighter wines while stronger bittersweets should be paired with bold wines. Milk chocolate goes great with a medium-bodied wine, such as Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir, or our medium-bodied Conservancy Merlot.

If you’d like to create a symphony in your mouth, combine a full-bodied wine with dark or semi- and bittersweet chocolates. Try Concannon Conservancy Cabernet Sauvignon or Concannon Selected Vineyards Merlot. (A good rule of thumb to note: Chocolate with a low sugar content, like bittersweet dark chocolate, will pair with a greater number of wines than a sweeter more delicate chocolate, such as white or milk chocolate.)

Though there is a science behind pairing flavors and tannins and acidity levels of wine and chocolate, it’s also a delicious and fun experiment to conduct on your own to see what you like best. Feel free to share what you come up with. We’d love to hear it!

And don’t forget to join us at the Dark & Delicious event on Feb. 17! Come explore the decadent world of our signature varietal, Petite Sirah, at this annual tasting event. Dark & Delicious will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda, CA. The event is organized by the Petite Sirah advocacy group, PS I Love You. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

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