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  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017
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Wine and chocolate pairing

We love wine around here, and chocolate, and romantic getaways so to have the perfect Valentine's check out these wine and chocolate pairings you can create on your next Oregon Coast getaway or enjoy at home for Valentine’s Day!

Before we dive into the decadent pairings, it’s important to share a few tips about pairing wine and chocolate. Often, wine and chocolate can occupy the same palate space meaning the chocolate can cancel out the good flavor of the wine and leave it tasting bitter and not creating a great mood for a romantic night.

An easy way to know if the wine will go well with the chocolate is to pair colors or sweetness. The lighter the chocolate, the lighter the wine should be or the sweeter the wine, the sweeter the chocolate should be! Look for intense, fruity wines (not too dry) to complement the chocolate or wines that have a decent sugar content to combat the intense flavor of the chocolate.

Chocolate

Milk chocolate wine pairings

Lighter reds and full-bodied wines will complement the smooth flavor and texture of milk chocolate.

Wines to pair with milk chocolate:

  • Port
  • Sherry
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Dessert wines

dark chocolate

Dark chocolate wine pairings

Dark chocolate can bend the rules a bit with wine pairings as you can lean toward drier vintages than you can with milk or white chocolate. We’re highlighting pairings for dark chocolate with 50-70% cocoa solids.

Wines to pair with dark chocolate:

  • Port
  • Banyuls or another red Vin Doux Natural (VDN) wine
  • Zinfandel (pairs nicely with stronger dark chocolate)
  • Shiraz (pairs nicely with stronger dark chocolate)
  • Pinot Noir

White wine and chocolate

Mixed chocolate wine pairings

Got a heart-shaped box of mixed and matched goodies? For caramel chocolates, peanut butter cups, or salted chocolates, you’ll want to err on the side of caution and pair it with something sweeter.

Wines to pair with mixed chocolates:

  • Sherry
  • Cream Sherry
  • Tawny Port
  • Asti-Spumante
  • Champagne

White chocolates

White chocolate wine pairings

Like we said earlier, you’ll want to watch your color matching and keep lighter wines with lighter chocolates and vice versa. The same holds true here where you can pair some exceptional white wines with white chocolate. Since white chocolate has a higher fat content though, it still can pair nicely with light reds.

Wines to pair with white chocolate:

  • Muscat
  • A fruity Chardonnay
  • Moscato d’Asti
  • Sherry

Chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries and wine pairings

The perfect indulgence for Valentine’s Day or any romantic occasion: Chocolate covered strawberries. Sparkling or champagne will make the flavors sizzle or you can have a more robust flavor with a dark red.

Wines to pair with chocolate covered strawberries:

  • Rosé Champagne
  • Zinfandel

Another excellent option that pairs nicely with most chocolate types is champagne or a fortified dessert wine!

Experience the tantalizing aromas and flavors by bringing your favorite chocolate and booking our champagne package or wine package at Whale Cove Inn, so you can enjoy the flavors and the views simultaneously!

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