Wine and Chocolate
Ah, chocolate, the stuff of Valentines everywhere and also of many holidays. Chocolate was originally created in central America and South America. It wasn't brought to Europe until the Spanish invaded in the 1500s.
Over the years, tastes in chocolate have changed. Godiva, one of the high quality producers of chocolate in Europe, solely provided a specialized "sweet blend" to the United States for many years. It was only in 1992 that Godiva began to offer US consumers the darker, richer variety that Europe had enjoyed for so long.
The Swiss are the #1 consumer of chocolate, eating over 22 pounds per person each year. The US, despite its sweet tooth, only ranks 10th in worldwide consumption. Still, because the US population is so large, that still equates to 3 billion pounds of chocolate!
If you're preparing to enjoy a chocolate, what wine shall you drink with it?
Here are the results of years of research! I had to eat a lot of chocolate and drink a lot of wine to write up these notes. It was a tough job, but I did it for you! :)
Chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon
Chocolate and Champagne
Chocolate and Late Harvest Riesling
Chocolate and Merlot
Chocolate and Port
Chocolate and Shiraz
Be sure to post in the forums if you have any questions about pairing chocolate with wine!
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