Chocolate and Wine of the Month Club Pairings

For hundreds of years, pairing the finest Gourmet chocolates with International Wines has been a common tradition, bringing the extraordinary pleasures of sight, feel and taste to the likes of Shakespeare, Napoleon, Catherine the Great and Queen Isabella! And most recently Gourmet Chocolates are also being paired with American Microbrewed Beers, introducing a whole new range of tasting experiences.

Everyone's tastes are different, but if you’re looking to try artisanal chocolates with international wines, or try out something completely new at your next wine and chocolate party, rely on a wine and chocolate of the month club subscription from MonthlyClubs.com to satisfy your palate.

Now, our Twenty First Century sophisticated palates have discovered the major differences between common chocolate and real CHOCOLATE, and we have begun to pair many International Wines, and some American Microbrews with Grande Cru and vintage chocolates. By the way, like fine wines, dark chocolate improves with age, when stored properly.

In general, your choice of wine, beer, and liquor must be able to stand up to the chocolate you choose. Together they will create a mysterious alchemy. Check out our recommended wine pairings with dark, white, milk, and bittersweet chocolates below.

Chocolate and Wine Pairings

Chocolate

Wine

Pairing Info

DARK CHOCOLATE ZINFANDEL AND CABERNET SAUVIGNON

A full bodied Zinfandel is another wonderful complement to Chocolate, especially dark Chocolate. Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon are made with more concentrated, ripe fruit.

STRAWBERRIES DIPPED IN SWEET CHOCOLATE WHITE ZINFANDEL

Strawberries dipped in sweet chocolate are always a hit and usually they are served with a white zinfandel. This wine usually has a hint of a strawberry taste, so the three are natural bedfellows.

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES CABERNET, MERLOT, CHAMPAGNE, PORT, AND CHARDONNAY

Truffles are often filled with Winter and Summer Cabernets, Merlot, Champagne, Port and Chardonnay, so it follows that these wines will complement your chocolates. Try a creamy chocolate cheesecake with a soft Merlot.

WHITE CHOCOLATE ORANGE MUSKAT WINE

Some fortified orange muscat wines made in California are intensely flavored and will go well with any kind of white chocolate.White chocolate is often combined with fruit and berries. In general semi-dry white wines with a burnt aroma and a little sweetness will complement milk or white chocolate.

MILK CHOCOLATE SPARKLING WINE

Try Rieslings, Sauternes, Italian yin santo, and semi sweet white sparkling wines with chocolate, especially Moscato d'Asti which has just a prickle of carbonation. Sweet natural wines with flavors of dried fruits, spices, and oak complement milk and white chocolate … the marriage between the two will be tender, bold.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE SPARKLING WINE

Pinot Noir, a red wine that is lighter than Merlot works so well with chocolate mousse.

BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Rich Bittersweet Chocolate with an equally rich Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding tasting experience. Both have a slight bitterness, a roasted flavor, and an earthy quality. The Chocolate helps take away some of the astringency and the dryness of the wine. Try melding the two to make an extraordinary sauce to add to desserts. Gild a warm bittersweet chocolate cake with orange-muscat and serve it with raspberries and port ice cream. Using both muscat and port together is exotic and your dessert will be unforgettable.

Chocolate

DARK CHOCOLATE

Wine

ZINFANDEL AND CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Pairing Info

A full bodied Zinfandel is another wonderful complement to Chocolate, especially dark Chocolate. Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon are made with more concentrated, ripe fruit.

Chocolate

STRAWBERRIES DIPPED IN SWEET CHOCOLATE

Wine

WHITE ZINFANDEL

Pairing Info

Strawberries dipped in sweet chocolate are always a hit and usually they are served with a white zinfandel. This wine usually has a hint of a strawberry taste, so the three are natural bedfellows.

Chocolate

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Wine

CABERNET, MERLOT, CHAMPAGNE, PORT, AND CHARDONNAY

Pairing Info

Truffles are often filled with Winter and Summer Cabernets, Merlot, Champagne, Port and Chardonnay, so it follows that these wines will complement your chocolates. Try a creamy chocolate cheesecake with a soft Merlot.

Chocolate

WHITE CHOCOLATE

Wine

ORANGE MUSKAT WINE

Pairing Info

Some fortified orange muscat wines made in California are intensely flavored and will go well with any kind of white chocolate.White chocolate is often combined with fruit and berries. In general semi-dry white wines with a burnt aroma and a little sweetness will complement milk or white chocolate.

Chocolate

MILK CHOCOLATE

Wine

SPARKLING WINE

Pairing Info

Try Rieslings, Sauternes, Italian yin santo, and semi sweet white sparkling wines with chocolate, especially Moscato d'Asti which has just a prickle of carbonation. Sweet natural wines with flavors of dried fruits, spices, and oak complement milk and white chocolate … the marriage between the two will be tender, bold.

Chocolate

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Wine

SPARKLING WINE

Pairing Info

Pinot Noir, a red wine that is lighter than Merlot works so well with chocolate mousse.

Chocolate

BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE

Wine

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Pairing Info

Rich Bittersweet Chocolate with an equally rich Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding tasting experience. Both have a slight bitterness, a roasted flavor, and an earthy quality. The Chocolate helps take away some of the astringency and the dryness of the wine. Try melding the two to make an extraordinary sauce to add to desserts. Gild a warm bittersweet chocolate cake with orange-muscat and serve it with raspberries and port ice cream. Using both muscat and port together is exotic and your dessert will be unforgettable.

Chocolate and Beer Pairings

Chocolate is fast becoming an item to pair with beer. A very dark beer, such as Grant's Imperial Stout, will be a winner if paired with your favorite chocolate dessert. Dixie's White Moose White Chocolate Brew is a great example of the myriad of recent innovations in the microbrew revolution. It’s clearly in full swing! Many new fruit microbrews, compare to a port or a dessert wine, and will pair well with desserts…. Pyramid Apricot Ale and Belgian Lambic are two examples.

Chocolate and Liquor Pairings

And "Have some Madeira, my Dear?"… a perfectly charming selection. Liquors with a wine base that are aged in large barrels, like Congnac or Armagnac, have amber colors, the aromas of oak, leather and dried flowers. And these aromas find total expression with a chocolate of high cocoa solids.

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