September 13 is International Chocolate Day and we’ve put together a variety of organic wine and chocolate pairing ideas to make the day spectacular.
The key to pairing wine and chocolate is to identify which flavor profile of the wine you are looking to enhance. The style of chocolate can be used to heighten the palate of the wine.
Opt for a similar style and weight of organic wine and chocolate. When pairing, try to match lighter, more elegant flavored chocolates with lighter-bodied wines. The darker the chocolate the more tannic structure it will have, so should be paired with a wine with equal or greater tannins.
Sweet wines like port and sherry are easy pairings with sweeter chocolates, but not everyone likes sweet red wine. Dark chocolate has less sugar, more cacao content and fewer milk solids, making it easier to pair with bold red wines. If you’re eating bitter dark chocolate, you can get away with a less sweet wine. The wine you select should be fruity, low in tannins, and not super dry or acidic. If the chocolate is sweeter than the wine you select, the wine will taste acrid or bitter in contrast. Look for a wine that is fruit forward rather than bitter and dry.
Organic Wine and Chocolate Pairing Ideas
Try combining bittersweet 85-90% chocolate with Biodynamic Koyle Royale Cabernet Sauvignon with its spicy berry tones and blackberry flavors. Biodynamic Inkarri Red Blend, with its carob, red peppercorn, and coriander palate with chewy tannins will pair well with dark chocolate with caramel and sea salt. Pair either wine with and as an ingredient in dark chocolate cake with a red wine glaze.
Milk chocolate has more sugar content and requires a less tannic wine. The juicy black fruit of En Memoire du Malbec will pair wonderfully with a blueberry truffle filled with liquid caramel or peppered milk chocolate. Merlot often presents a note of cocoa behind blackberry and cherry fruit, complimentary of milk chocolate. Try Chocolate and Merlot Cupcakes made and paired with the fresh and fruity Pizzolato No Sulfites Added Merlot.
Pair white chocolate with a sparkling white wine. Pizzolato Moscato, with its fruity and sweet medium body, is the perfect match for an organic white chocolate mousse, while Tarantas Sparkling White, with its bright, fruity and crisp green apple finish will pair perfectly with a beautiful dinner all the way through to white chocolate citrus truffles for dessert.
All of the wines mentioned above are Certified Vegan or vegan friendly, made without the use of any animal byproducts. Check out this resource from Vegan.com for a host of Vegan chocolate companies and options.
Whatever your chocolate preference, there’s an organic wine waiting to enhance and compliment the experience. All of these organic wines are available in select fine retailers nationwide.