Chocolate and Merlot
"In the old days", Merlot was used as a red blending wine. Soft and compliant, it was used to mix with cabernet in the French Bordeaux wines. Recently, though, it has been discovered as a delicious wine in its own right. Not quite as harsh as other reds, mellow but still complex, merlot has soft flavors of plum.
It is this softness and plum flavor which makes merlot a perfect pairing for chocolate - especially for dark chocolates. The richness of the merlot pairs very nicely with the dark, generally not-too-sweet flavors of the chocolate.
Merlot especially does well with the truffle style chocolates with the soft interior.
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