It’s the most romantic time of the year and what says romance more than wine and candy?
Milk chocolate's lower percentage of cocoa compared to dark chocolate makes it a sweeter and milder option for those who prefer a less bitter taste. Because of this, milk chocolate pairs great with any rosé; this wine's range in flavor from fruity and sweet to dry and crisp is what makes rosé and milk chocolate a perfect pair.
A good syrah can bring out the nutty and earthy notes in any dark chocolate, while the chocolate can accentuate the spicy and fruity notes in the wine. A perfect pairing would be dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa (60% or higher) and a full-bodied Syrah with ripe black fruit flavors, pepper, and spice notes.
The specific flavors of both rosé and white chocolate can influence the overall taste of the pairing. For example, a rosé with fruitier notes may complement the creaminess of white chocolate, while a rosé with a more floral profile might contrast with it.
Raspberry-filled chocolate is usually sweet, so it is important to choose a wine with a similar level of sweetness to avoid overpowering one of the flavors. A full-bodied primitivo can stand up well to the richness of raspberry-filled chocolate. The specific flavors of both the Primitivo and the raspberry-filled chocolate can influence the overall taste of the pairing.
Chocolates with Hazelnuts
Gamay wine is light- to medium-bodied, so it will stand up well to the richness of hazelnut chocolate. The specific flavors of both the Gamay and the hazelnut chocolate can influence the overall taste of the pairing. For example, a Gamay with fruity notes may complement the nuttiness of hazelnuts, while a Gamay with a more spicy profile might contrast with it.
Chocolate truffles are luxurious and indulgent, and a classic Valentine's Day go-to around the world. Pinot Noir has rich raspberry and cola notes along with hints of oak spice and vanilla. This wine is the perfect complement to the richness that comes with any truffle.