Wine Pairing Background
The motivating concept in pairings of any kind is “mouthfeel”, the physical and chemical interaction of the pairing in your mouth.
The secret to pairing a wine with a dessert is to try and match the sweetnesses of the food with the sweetness of the drink. The chosen wine should be as sweet or sweeter than your dessert. You don’t want the dessert to be much sweeter than the wine because if the dessert is too sweet then it will “dry out” the wine and make the wine taste bitter.
So, what wine goes with chocolate? As Valentine’s Day is approaching, we will focus on wine pairings with desserts. Dark chocolate is the easiest dessert to pair with wine since it has the less sugar content than most other desserts. For gifting, the best advice is to taste the pairing beforehand since it is really just a matter of taste when you are pairing wine with desserts (as long as you remember the secret). The following table contains suggested wine pairings for Valentine’s Day or any day.
|Fruit Tart||French Sauterne|
|Vanilla Desserts & Cookies||Gewurtzraminer|
|Dark Chocolate||late harvest Zinfandel|
|Milk Chocolate||Tawny Port wine, Vintage Port wine|
|Lemon Desserts||Ice Wine (Eiswein)|
|Creme Brulee||Port Wine|
|Ice Cream Desserts||Ice Riesling, Sherry or Muscat|
|Apple Desserts||Apple Ice Wine|
|Almond Desserts||Almond Champagne|
What You Can Do
For Valentines dessert ideas, check our 13 Valentine treats page.
Or, forget the wine and pour some Kahlua over rocks to enjoy alongside a slice of kahlua cream cheese pie.