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How to Pair Wine with Chocolate

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or just an occasional imbiber, this guide will help you impress your dinner guests or significant other come desert time.


  • Step 1: Splurge on quality Splurge on quality chocolate, either milk, dark or white, to pair with your wine and ask for recommendations from the chocolatier.
  • Step 2: Balance sweetness Look for a good balance between the sweetness of the wine or champagne and the sweetness of the chocolate.
  • TIP: The chocolate shouldn't be sweeter than the wine you are drinking with it .
  • Step 3: Pair a Port wine for milk chocolate Pair a Port or other sweet wine to go with the rich, creamy texture of a milk chocolate or chocolate deserts.
  • Step 4: Match a Cabernet for dark chocolate Match a Cabernet Sauvignon or other red wine with dark, toasty notes with dark or bittersweet chocolates.
  • TIP: Think of fruits that you enjoy with chocolate such as raspberries or strawberries and opt for a wine that matches those fruity tones.
  • Step 5: Break out the Champagne for white chocolate Break out the sparkling wine, champagne, or a good white wine to go with white chocolate.
  • Step 6: Trust your palate Trust your palate and choose a pair you enjoy, it's not always necessary to follow the rules as each person's taste is different.
  • FACT: Chocolate first arrived in England in the mid 1600s and was a beverage rather than a solid treat.

You Will Need

  • Quality chocolate
  • Balance
  • Sweet wine
  • Red wine
  • Sparkling wine
  • White wine
  • Fruity tones (optional)

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