Friday, February 8, 2008

Valentines II: Celebrate with wine, chocolate

Treat your sweetest friend -- yourself -- to some perfectly paired wine and chocolate this Valentine's Day (yes! you deserve it!).

The creamy flavors of chocolate go best with sweet, full-bodied, high-alcohol wines, says Natalie MacLean, author of Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass, who's got a wine-dessert matching tool online. Her top ten favorite pairs? Voila:

1. Dark Chocolate and Banyuls, France

2. Chocolate-Covered Biscotti and Recioto Della Valpolicella, Italy

3. Chocolate-Orange Cake and Liqueur Muscat, Australia

4. Chocolate with Nuts and Tawny Port, Portugal

5. Milk Chocolate and Tokaji, Hungary

6. Bittersweet Chocolate and Amarone, Italy

7. Chocolate-Dipped Fruit and Icewine, Canada

8. Chocolate Ganache Truffles and Sauternes, France

9. Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake and Framboise, California

10. Chocolate Hearts with Cream Filling and Cream Sherry, Spain

1 comment:

Natalie MacLean said...

Thanks so much for posting this!


Editor of Nat Decants Free Wine Newsletter

Author of Red, White and Drunk All Over