Even though Easter has passed it’s never too late to try this great combo. Wine and chocolate can be a sensational mix in which the flavors complement each other, if we know how to pair them correctly.
We are referring to two products with similar characteristics that pair very well. Cocoa, like wine, has fruity or floral aromas and epicatechin, a powerful antioxidant comparable to wine polyphenols. In addition, thanks to its calming effect, it helps us to enjoy the wine better.
To pair wine and chocolate, the first thing we have to do is select a quality chocolate. We should not try to match chocolate from the closest supermarket to our house, since these types of products typically contain diverse elements that can overshadow the characteristic flavors of the chocolate. Therefore, it is better to opt for good quality chocolates, which highlight the quality of the cocoa and creating a better experience. On the other hand, the wines we select for the pairing should be able to support the “weight” in the mouth that the chocolate offers, so they must have a good structure like the Bobal red wines.
In this respect, depending on the type of chocolate (white, with milk or pure) that we have chosen, will pair better with one wine or another.
For instance, white chocolate is made with cocoa butter, making it the sweetest of all chocolates and match best with smooth wines made with Chardonnay that enhance its creaminess, as well as with sparkling wines. The same applies to milk chocolate, which require fresh and fruity wines such as a Pinot Noir or a Merlot, while dark chocolates or with high amounts of cocoa, combine with aged wines made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel or Syrah, more robust varieties that can provide a stronger balance between both flavors.
It is essential that the wine is equal or a little sweeter than the chocolate that accompanies it; otherwise, it will taste bitterer and diminish its quality. One of the main tricks to pair wine and chocolate is to taste the two elements separately, delighting in the flavors and nuances of both products.
After, to experience the optimum taste we can combine them together. It is advised to take a piece of chocolate and leave it on the tongue until it melts and then, drink some of the wine selected. Thus, we will mix them on the tongue feeling all the flavors of the two products and we will discover if we have succeeded with the perfect pairing.
By the way, a recent study by researchers at King’s College London and University of East Anglia, both in the UK, reveals that a high level of flavonoids (containing components of wine and chocolate) is associated with low resistance to insulin and improved glucose regulation meaning they help prevent diabetes.
What are you waiting for to enjoy the pleasure and benefits of combining wine and chocolate?