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Wine and Chocolate Pairing! July 6, 2016

Dorinda's Chocolates
July 7, 2016 5:00PM - July 7, 2016 7:00PM
Wine and Chocolate Pairing!, Reno North, Nevada

 

 

PAIRING WINE AND CHOCOLATE: THE BASICS

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments 

Pairing wine and chocolate together is one delicious hobby. Wine and Chocolate pairing is the perfect way to explore the complexities of flavors and textures. Some of these flavors are subtle while others have the potential to be much more robust. Learning to appreciate and enjoy these complexities could turn from a hobby to an obsession in the blink of an eye. Ready to try pairing yourself? Take these tips and tricks into account.

imageThe first tip? Make sure to go for high quality chocolate. Do your best to find chocolates that originate for high quality manufacturers. Chocolate is something that many people could make in their kitchens for fun if they chose to. Making high-quality chocolate is completely different and likely not something you can do yourself. So when you go out looking, make sure you find a chocolate manufacture with a good reputation. Smaller shops will often be able to detail the origins of their ingredients and some chocolatiers even explore the cocoa plantations personally. Not only will this ensure you provide yourself with the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of delectable flavors, the story of a chocolates origin is usually pretty interesting!

Now that you have your chocolate, its time for wine. Make sure to keep your wine sweeter than your chocolate. Though this may seem slightly counter-intuitive, it’s a must for pairing. If you allow your chocolate to be sweeter than your wine, you will likely find that the wine will take on a bitter taste. You may decide to try a few slivers of chocolate to make sure that you have the sweetness ratios correct. When does the work end, right?

image           When pairing wine and chocolate, follow the same rule of thumb that applies to food. The darker the chocolate, the darker the wine. This makes milk chocolate ideal for pairing with Port, Burgundies and other dessert wines while extra dark chocolates (70% and above) are going to be complimented by much darker wines. Cabernet Sauvignons, Bordeaux’s and Malbecs are all viable options. If you decide that you would like to pair with white wines, consider fruity and intense. These will provide you with a better opportunity to match a wide range of flavors. Fruity, nutty, sweet and sometimes acidic flavors can all be found in chocolate.

Once you have selected the chocolates and wines you believe will pair just right and send you into taste bud nirvana make sure you give yourself to enjoy all the subtleties these pairing will have to offer. In order to ensure you don’t overwhelm your taste buds right away.                                                                        image

Arrange your tasting from light to dark. Start with light milk or while chocolates working your way to milk and then darks. End your tasting with the most intense wine and chocolate you have in your pairing list.

The last tip is crucial. Remember to have fun! You have the opportunity to enjoy wine and chocolate together, get some friends together and enjoy this dynamic duo. Take a few notes on your favorite pairings and share them with other in your group. This will make selecting your wines and chocolates that much easier the next time. Now, time to get tasting!

 

PAIRING WINE AND CHOCOLATE: THE BASICS

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments 

Pairing wine and chocolate together is one delicious hobby. Wine and Chocolate pairing is the perfect way to explore the complexities of flavors and textures. Some of these flavors are subtle while others have the potential to be much more robust. Learning to appreciate and enjoy these complexities could turn from a hobby to an obsession in the blink of an eye. Ready to try pairing yourself? Take these tips and tricks into account.

imageThe first tip? Make sure to go for high quality chocolate. Do your best to find chocolates that originate for high quality manufacturers. Chocolate is something that many people could make in their kitchens for fun if they chose to. Making high-quality chocolate is completely different and likely not something you can do yourself. So when you go out looking, make sure you find a chocolate manufacture with a good reputation. Smaller shops will often be able to detail the origins of their ingredients and some chocolatiers even explore the cocoa plantations personally. Not only will this ensure you provide yourself with the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of delectable flavors, the story of a chocolates origin is usually pretty interesting!

Now that you have your chocolate, its time for wine. Make sure to keep your wine sweeter than your chocolate. Though this may seem slightly counter-intuitive, it’s a must for pairing. If you allow your chocolate to be sweeter than your wine, you will likely find that the wine will take on a bitter taste. You may decide to try a few slivers of chocolate to make sure that you have the sweetness ratios correct. When does the work end, right?

image           When pairing wine and chocolate, follow the same rule of thumb that applies to food. The darker the chocolate, the darker the wine. This makes milk chocolate ideal for pairing with Port, Burgundies and other dessert wines while extra dark chocolates (70% and above) are going to be complimented by much darker wines. Cabernet Sauvignons, Bordeaux’s and Malbecs are all viable options. If you decide that you would like to pair with white wines, consider fruity and intense. These will provide you with a better opportunity to match a wide range of flavors. Fruity, nutty, sweet and sometimes acidic flavors can all be found in chocolate.

Once you have selected the chocolates and wines you believe will pair just right and send you into taste bud nirvana make sure you give yourself to enjoy all the subtleties these pairing will have to offer. In order to ensure you don’t overwhelm your taste buds right away.                                                                        image

Arrange your tasting from light to dark. Start with light milk or while chocolates working your way to milk and then darks. End your tasting with the most intense wine and chocolate you have in your pairing list.

The last tip is crucial. Remember to have fun! You have the opportunity to enjoy wine and chocolate together, get some friends together and enjoy this dynamic duo. Take a few notes on your favorite pairings and share them with other in your group. This will make selecting your wines and chocolates that much easier the next time. Now, time to get tasting!

 

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