When I think of a wine like a buttery Chardonnay, I rarely think of chocolate as something to pair with it. I mean, the occasional chocolate and Zinfandel is something I could imagine and obviously anything goes well with a good bottle of bubbly. All that being said, I was introduced to some great chocolate and wine pairings at my trip to the Newport, Rhode Island Wine Festival this fall. Since we are coming upon the holiday which merits lots of chocolate buying, I have brought some fun chocolate and wine pairings/ideas/places in Boston to you.
- Brix Chocolates – these premium chocolates were developed by a doctor who was inspired by wine itself. When I tried my first Brix variety – the Milk Chocolate, I tried it with Chardonnay, and was very pleasantly surprised. The wine enhanced the flavor of the wine, and vice versa. The Brix website says nothing of white wine pairings, but points to various reds as the source of good pairings – I say feel free to experiment with these yummy chocolates – fit for any wine lover. Check out your local wine shop which also carries specialty items to find Brix.
- Hotel Chocolat – right in the heart of the Back Bay, you can head to the Hotel Chocolate on Newbury Street to buy your sweetie premium chocolates and more. They have special wine and chocolate tastings – so it is pretty obvious they know a little bit about pairing. I would pair the Dipping Adventures (2 soft chocolates with various dippable items) with a slightly sweet bubbly, like the Mionetto Moscato (~$12 a bottle).
- Lindt Chocolate Truffles – I am a big fan of these melty center treats, and think I would mix and match some truffles and sweet wine as a fun dessert. Consider port wine and dark chocolate truffles, or white chocolate truffles with Monbazillac (a sweet white dessert wine, less sweet than ice wine). I bought a bottle of Port and Monbazillac at GPS Wines by the Allston T-stop for a cool $13 each.
- Vosges Chocolate and Wine – Vosges is a Chicago brand with a lot to offer for any palate. These chocolates are available at specialty food stores and even coffee shops. Check out L’Aroma Cafe in the Back Bay to pick up a bar. Vosges makes a bacon and chocolate bar which could bring a whole new meaning to wine and chocolate pairings. I would go for a Cigar Box Malbec (the wine which was #3 overall at the Boston Wine Expo) to replicate some of the smoky flavors of having a cup of coffee.
Hope these pairings help sweeten up your Valentine’s Day! Your sweetie is sure to love them!