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The Season of Chocolate and Wine


The Season of Chocolate and Wine

Sandra Abballe

Hello Chocolate Lovers,

Fall is here, the leaves are changing and the weather is dropping. Put away the ice cream and take the furniture off of the patio because there are no more long summer nights. Many may be sad about this, but all the chocolate lovers out there know that this is just the beginning of the best time of the year.

Now, there may be no more patio parties but people can still have plenty of fun and social gatherings indoors – you just need to know how. What could possibly be a better way to get the party started than a delicious bite of your favourite chocolate? This is a rhetorical question because everyone knows that there is no better way than with chocolate.

That then leaves the question: where’s the wine? Well the great news with chocolate and wine is that you never have to decide between the two. Like peanut butter and jelly, the two go well together. People love to indulge in chocolate and wine at the end of the day, might as well pair the two.

Chocolate and wine pairings have been around for a while, but have recently become more of a trend. The two are exceptionally similar. Both have ancient histories. Chocolate was even enjoyed as an alcoholic beverage for years as the sweet pulp of cacao was fermented to produce alcohol. Chocolate and wine both begin their journey to their finished states with fermentation. People that are well versed in chocolate will know that chocolate has hundreds of flavour profiles – even more than wine. This is why the two pair so well together.

Naysayers out there who don’t agree that chocolate and wine pairings work are not doing it right. The trick is to take a nice coverture chocolate with a darker bolder taste, and pair that with a fruitier or sweeter wine. The sweetness of the wine will compliment the chocolate well. Darker origin chocolates deriving from a single location are always a good bet. The key is all in matching the lightness of the chocolate with the lightness of the wine.

That being said, I leave the rest in your hands. For the next party, why not ditch the cheese and pair some chocolate with your wine? It will certainly add an elegant and informative touch to any social gathering. Forget the baking and opt in for some delicious ready-made chocolate plate and engage in a luxurious tasting experience with your guests.