These Are The Best Wines To Pair With Chocolate
Wine goes with everything.
Well, we think it does. If you drink enough of it it does.
Unless you’ve got a super refined palate in which case… good for you?
Anyhoo, we’re gonna be eating a lot of chocolate over Easter. And since it’s also the long weekend / a weekend / we’re not at work, we’ll probs be drinking a lot of wine too.
And don’t turn your noses up at this, but we’ve got a list of the best wines to pair with treats from the Easter Bunny.
Yes, really. Apparently wine and chocolate pair well together.
We have it from an expert source - Carolyn Etherington, who is the marketing manager for Exclusive Liquor Brands at Coles and WSET.
I.e. she’s a legit certified wine expert and we WANT her job.
Pinot Noir is a shockingly good pairing with white chocolate. The white chocolate acts as the fat to deliver sweet flavours of red cherries, strawberries, and raspberries found in the wine.
- Curious Kiwi Pinot Noir
- The Ned Pinot Noir
- Rapaura Springs Pinot Noir
- Ballewindi Pinot Noir
A good milk chocolate is usually about half chocolate and half cream. The extra fat from the cream makes milk chocolate one of the easiest “true” chocolates to pair liquor with.
- St Andrews Tawny
- McWilliams five-year-old Tawny
The polyphenols in dark chocolate mirror those in wine and give both a slightly bitter taste. The bitterness in dark chocolate is what we recommend balancing out with a properly selected wine pairing. Shiraz, Zinfandel and Malbec are all great pairings for dark chocolate.
- Winton Road Shiraz
- Wente Zinfandel
- Pensilva Shiraz
- Franco & Rico Malbec
So there you have it. You can have your chocolate and drink your wine too.