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Chocolate Pairings?

meeps2002 Jul 5, 2011 02:01 PM

I recently got into sitting down with some red wine or champagne and enjoying it with chocolate.

I am a New Englander, so I am only aware of a chocolates like Taza and Lake Champlain for better than average chocolate.

Are there any recommendations for internet available or local options?

  1. w
    wattacetti Jul 5, 2011 05:26 PM

    For wines or chocolate? or both?

    I'd suggest a Mas Amiel if you're in need of something to drink with bittersweet.

    1. Bill Hunt Jul 5, 2011 07:28 PM

      Now, much depends on the chocolate, but a demi-sec Champagne can go very, very well.

      If there are some other elements, like raspberries, then a good Merlot can work quite well.



      1. invinotheresverde Jul 6, 2011 08:07 AM

        Bourbon, coffee, port, Maury, PX...

        In other words, anything but red table wine. I'm not in love with bubbles here, either.

        1. z
          zin1953 Jul 6, 2011 09:27 AM

          For chocolate:
          TCHO -- http://www.tcho.com/
          Michael Recchiuti -- http://www.recchiuti.com/

          For wine:
          No. Not me. I don't like the combination, personally, but the best matches I've found would include something like a 10-Year Old Tawny Porto, an Australian tawny or an aged Banyuls. But really, to my palate, I'd prefer coffee.


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          1. re: zin1953
            meeps2002 Jul 6, 2011 10:00 AM

            Thank you very much for these links...they look amazing. Might have to do some ordering!

          2. Latinpig Jul 13, 2011 12:30 PM

            Banyuls has the been the match I have liked the most.

            1. ChefJune Jul 13, 2011 12:43 PM

              Other than Port, for me the best wine match for chocolate is the Italian red sparkling wine, Brachetto d'Acqui.

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