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The Basics of Pairing Wine with Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

If you’re planning a romantic dinner with your significant other for Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing more classic than chocolate truffles and a glass of wine for dessert. Wockenfuss Candies has all of your chocolate needs covered, but finding the right wine to go with your truffles can be a challenge. Because chocolate has such an intense flavor, pairing it with the wrong wine can be a big mistake that can leave an odd taste in your mouth. To avoid this, read on and learn more about choosing the perfect wine with chocolate pairings.

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Pairing wine with chocolate is more art than science, but there are still basics you should know.

The basics of pairing wine with chocolate

The first rule of thumb when it comes to pairing wine with chocolate is that the more robustly flavored the chocolate, the more full-bodied the wine needs to be. Keep in mind, however, that even a light colored chocolate can have a robust flavor: For example, a dark chocolate with a mild ganache filling can be less intense than a milk chocolate truffle with a rich caramel center. Also, bear in mind that pairing wine with chocolate follows a few rules, but it really comes down to personal preference, so be sure to choose a combination that both you and your sweetie will enjoy.

Wine and milk chocolate

Because milk chocolate is quite sweet and fairly mild, it pairs best with sweeter wines as anything too dry will make the chocolate taste sour. A classic favorite is to pair tawny port with milk chocolate as the rich and complex flavors of the port bring out the nuttiness and caramel tones in the chocolate and elevate the overall chocolate flavor. Muscat is another popular pairing with milk chocolate for those that prefer fruity flavors because the notes of apricot and peach play well with the sweet chocolate.

Wine and dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is rich and intense, so it does best paired with intense and robust red wines that can hold their own against the strong flavor. Cabernet sauvignon, malbec, and merlot are all classic choices that will bring out the nuances in your dark chocolate.

Wine and white chocolate

White chocolate is light and sweet, so it does best with acidic white wines that can cut through some of the richness. Though not a wine, champagne pairs beautifully with white chocolate and elevates the notes of cream, honey, and vanilla. Muscat and and riesling also go very well with white chocolate.

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If you have any questions about Valentine’s Day Chocolates from Wockenfuss, please contact Wockenfuss Candies: call 1-800-296-4414 or email When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter,Google+, and Pinterest!

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