The red wine chocolate pairing was thought to be taboo.
Pairing the right wine with the right chocolate can create an amazing taste experience. Chocolate and wine have a lot in common.
They both have complex flavors, notes and nuances making them natural companions.
Because of the intensity of flavors. Dark 70% cocoa or bittersweet 85% cocoa. Chocolate should be paired with stronger red wines. And concentrated fruit notes with a hint of their own chocolate notes.
Red wine chocolate pairing Penfolds five tips.
1. Penfolds’ Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon and Koonunga Hill Shiraz, pictured left, are both perfect matches for high cocoa content chocolate.
The deep richness of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the fruit aromas of the Shiraz make for the perfect chocolate pairing.
2. Although romantic Champagne fairs better with fruit than chocolate. The bubbly fruit notes tend to clash with the dark cocoa flavors.
3. Select a wine based on the type of chocolate you want to enjoy with great pairings. Save the milk chocolate to Port a fortified wine.
4. Dark chocolate works best with Cabernet Sauvignon. A full-bodied Australian Shiraz complements both bittersweet and dark chocolate.
5. For sweeter varieties of chocolate, the wine should be at least as sweet. If not a touch sweeter than the chocolate you are serving.
Red wine chocolate pairings follow a similar process as when they are tested separately. With wine you swirl, sniff and sip.
For the chocolate you want to take in the aroma. Listen for the snap when you break it. Then the best part savor a piece.
When enjoying together. Take a sip of wine and let it coat your mouth. Then take a bite of the chocolate. And let it melt on your tongue.
To finish, follow that with another sip of wine.
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