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Wine and Chocolate Pairings – Now in One Bottle

 Red Wine and Chocolate All in One Bottle

Wine and Chocolate Pairings-Now in One Bottle - Red Wine and Chocolate All in One Bottle

Wine and Chocolate Pairings-Now in One Bottle

I have always been a big fan of chocolate and red wine, especially cabernet. But these wines mixed with chocolate takes things to a new level. I haven’t tried any of these yet but know several people who have that were pleasantly surprised as apparently was Tom Mansell over at the Palate Press who did a run down on several of these last week.

“Red wine and chocolate. It’s one of those “classic pairings.”  Personally, I’ve never really found the pairing all that appealing, but I have seen many instances of people going nuts for chocolate served with a sweet red wine in a tasting room.  Maybe it’s because they enjoy the supposed health benefits of both wine and chocolate. Or maybe it’s because chocolate leads to the release of brain chemicals similar to those released during sex.  Whatever the reasons, some wine producers have decided to take this pairing to the next level: putting chocolate in the wine itself.

Now, Sauternes and foie gras is another classic pairing, but you don’t see the Bordelais putting pâté in a blender with Château d’Yquem.  Anyway, out of morbid curiosity I decided to see if any among eight major chocolate and wine blends were good enough to serve up at your holiday party.  All the wines tasted sell for roughly $10-12.

Available chocolate-infused wines generally break down into two categories: (1) those that are primarily wine and are infused with chocolate flavor and (2) wines mixed with cream and chocolate.  The first is most likely to remind one of wine, while the second is closer in consistency to Bailey’s Irish crème or other related creamy cordials.

In the first flight, which represented the mostly-wine-with-some-chocolate category, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised…”

Tom also included a couple of recipes where he is kicking several of these up with liquor that sound really good. His review of these chocolate wines is definitely worth both a read and trying some of these. While they are not for everyone if you are a chocolate lover these may very agreeable to your taste.

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