Choosing Valentine’s Day Wine
can be a little confusing. Should I buy red wine or white wine? Champagne will be perfect!?#!
Help is here with a few small details that can make choosing Valentine’s Day wine a little easier to enjoy sweets with your sweetie.
Depending on how you celebrate you might be serving red or white wine, Champagne or Sparkling wine. Not to worry though, here are a few hints and tips to help you choose a wine to enjoy with your sweets.
Since we’re talking about Valentine’s Day and chocolate I’ll start with the chocolate and it’s sugar and fat content. Yes, chocolate contains some fat and it’s something we don’t often think about.
Here are a couple of facts and tips to help with choosing Valentine’s Day wine:
FATS: A certain amount of fat in the food we are eating when drinking red wine will have an affect on how the red wine will taste on our palates.
Chocolate with a cocoa content of 65% or higher is easier to pair with a wine as it is not as sugary and sweet.
- If the chocolate is too sweet it will make a dry wine taste bitter.
- Choose quality chocolates with a higher fat content (Valhrona, Lindt or Godiva) rather than the commercial Hershey brand. The higher fat content softens the tannins in red wine.
- White Chocolate is not real chocolate. It is made with cocoa butter, sugar and milk solids with sweet flavors of cream, milk, honey, vanilla, caramel and/or fruit. An affordable Sherry brings out the creaminess in the white chocolate.
- Milk Chocolate with nuts (or brownies with nuts) for dessert may be really delicious with a Vin Santo Chianti Classico which has nutty and caramel characteristics.
- Dark and Bittersweet Chocolates with a 65% cocoa content or higher can be paired with a rich Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile; a California Zinfandel or maybe an Australian Shiraz.
Rosé Wine or Sparkling Wine: has the characteristics of both red wine and white wine. There is just the right amount of acidity as in white wine and lower tannins than a red wine. These two characteristics make rose a terrific choice for a celebratory Valentine’s Day wine.
“SWEET DESSERTS“: If you are serving sweet desserts choose a wine that is sweet. Riesling and Sparkling Wines come in a variety of styles from dry, to off-dry and sweet. Ask the sales person in the wine shop for help in choosing an affordable Riesling or a Sparkling wine.
Pairing wine and chocolates is so very personal and subjective. There are many different wine styles that may pair well with different chocolates, and it really is a matter of personal taste preferences.
Enjoy your decadent chocolates and desserts with a delicious wine and remember, “if you like it, that’s all that matters!”
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!