Nothing quite says Valentine’s Day like a box of chocolates, right? It’s pretty easy to please your special someone with a cute little heart-shaped box filled with decadent treats. But what if you took it a step further and added another component to the mix? Chocolate needs a friend, and no, we aren’t talking about a glass of cold milk. Well, milk does sounds nice, but it doesn’t exactly scream romance. So leave the glass of milk for the kids, and pair your chocolates with our favorite… wine!
This concept is simple. There are no official guidelines but there is one important tip you should know when pairing these two together: The percentage of cacao in the chocolate will determine what it pairs best with. We recommend starting with your wine selection first. Making this decision first will make your chocolate choice much easier. Maybe Champagne is your pick. Think light with this pairing. The bubbly is light in color and taste so your chocolate should be as well. White chocolate or a very light milk chocolate will pair perfectly. If you’re a Pinot Noir lover, pick a slightly darker chocolate. Maybe you’re on the other end of the spectrum and you love a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Think dark and rich. The wine is bold and powerful, so the chocolate should be too.
Have fun with your pairing! Don’t be afraid of chocolates made with a little curry powder or sea salt. These savory ingredients offer a contrast to the chocolate and will complement the wine. Or, if you’re really in the mood for decadence, try this recipe below already equipped with a fantastic wine pairing…
The perfect Valentine’s Day combination, a Chocolate-Red Wine Cake! Yes please!
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Hope at Home! Cheers to love, wine, and chocolate!