According to SiteMeter, quite a few folks come here wanting to know what wine to drink with chocolate. Up to now, I've only written about the health benefits of red wine and chocolate. Here's my two cents on combining the two. First, only small portions of both. It doesn't take much to go from sublime-and-delicious to too-much-of-a-good-thing.
From Fiona Beckett's book, Eating and Drinking - An A-Z of Great Food and Drink Combinations (2000):
- Light chocolate desserts (ex: milk and white chocolate mousse) - Try Moscato d'Asti, inexpensive Muscats such as Brown Brothers Orange Muscat, raspberry and cherry beers.
- Rich chocolate desserts (dark chocolate mousse) - Try Californian ornage, black Muscat, Mavrodaphne (sweet Greek red wine), Recioto (sweet Italian wine) or raspberry liqueur.
- Super-duper rich chocolate desserts - French vin deux naturels such as Rivesaltes, Banyuls and Maury, vintage character port, Australian Liquer Muscat or Porter.
- Truffles - Cognac and cigars.
But what are the chances that you'll be able to find the specific wines and ports listed in a British book from 2000 in your neighborhood packie? Slim, I'm bettin'. If you're close to Nashua, New Hampshire, do what I do: Go to the Trader Joe's in Tyngsboro, buy some chocolate from their terrific variety, walk over to The Wine Society in the same shopping plaza, and ask their very well-informed staff for the perfect wine. I recently picked up a bottle of Barros Ruby Porto from Portugal to drink with solid dark chocolate, and a bottle of Viticoltori Dell'Acquese Brachetto D'Aqui to have with chocolate mousse. Can't go wrong with the Wine Society guys.
More wine/chocolate recommendations from Ira's Dessert Blog here.
Happy New Year's to All!