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Matching wine and chocolate

February 29, 2008 Tags: 0 comments
Until recently chocolate was thought to be better with other alcoholic drinks, warm, soft and round like Rum or Cognac but this opinion has changes thanks to a wave of wine lovers and experts happy to experiment. Matching wine and chocolate, however, is not an easy task due to the complexity of the chocolate itself and its thousand of variety and ingredients used. Chocolate was thought to be better with other alcoholic drinks, warm, soft and round like Rum or Cognac but this opinion has changes thanks to a wave of wine lovers and experts happy to experiment. Matching wine and chocolate, however, is not an easy task due to the complexity of the chocolate itself and its thousand of variety and ingredients used. If for the most famous wine this exercise has already been made, for several other wines is still a work in progress and once again, a lot is up to personal taste, so there is plenty of room for people happy to experiment and come up with their own recommendations. I was recently asked to write a column about this subject, and as example I had thought of two famous Italian dessert wines, the Vin Santo and the Recioto di Soave, both wines match perfectly two different types of chocolate but then, when drinking a fantastic Amarone, I had some left in the glass, a box of chocolate appeared on the table so I decided to see whether I could find the perfect match for my wine. After a few less successful attempts, I did it. I found the perfect match in the Diplomat, a chocolate made with almonds, hazelnuts and milk chocolate but I am very confident that a chocolate made with hazelnuts and milk chocolate match perfectly with the Amarone. Vin Santo on the other side, is renowned for being a perfect match for the cantuccini with chocolate whilst the Recioto del Soave for matching perfectly the dark chocolate. There are plenty of other matched already made but I suggest you to try and experiment and see whether you can find your perfect match. However, as a principle, a few considerations must be made with regard to the wine. It is not possible to match all wines, only wines with certain characteristics can be matched with chocolate and those are complex wine, either sweet or aged, and with a high alcohol content. Why not come to one of our wine and chocolate tasting where you will be given plenty of chocolate and wine to play with and find your perfect match.
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