Sunday, February 05, 2012

Trying something new

I happen to love chocolate. I also enjoy wine. But putting the two together? Until a few weeks ago I had never considered such a thing. Then my husband and I were invited to a wine and chocolate pairing party.

Guests were asked to bring chocolate and a wine that paired well it. Say what?

I needed help and information, but none of our friends knew anything about this kind of pairing. So I turned to the internet, where I found tons of information, including a nifty chart about which goes with what.

I printed out the chart and brought it with me to my favorite grocery store. After selecting a small box of gourmet chocolates from the specialty chocolates section, I headed for the wine department. Using my chart and the chocolates, the helpful wine expert found just the right wine.

The other three couples who came to the party brought their own chocolate and wine, and our hosts supplied at least half a dozen types of chocolates and the appropriate wines. They set out small squares of each chocolate on separate little plates. (So many to sample! I was in heaven) Each plate was labeled with the brand of chocolate, the percentage of cacao and the spice content (If any). Our hosts supplied pen and paper for us to jot down any favorites we wanted to remember.

I not only thoroughly enjoyed myself, I also learned quite a bit about pairing chocolate with wine. Did you know that some wines greatly enhance the flavor of the chocolate, and vice versa.?

If you haven’t tried something new lately, maybe you should. After all, this is leap year and leap month! You might have fun and better yet, learn something.

If you have tried something new and different, please share your experience.

Until next month,



kris said...

How interesting, Ann! Was there a general kind of guideline, such as sweet wines with milk chocolate/red wines with spicy chocolates, or was it totally pair-specific?

Your comment about it being a leap month gave me an idea ... maybe we should all take that "extra" day to do something totally out of our routines!

linda s said...

I never would have thought it. Fascinating party. Sounds like it was great fun.

Ann Roth said...

Kris, I LOVE your idea for this leap month! Mmm... wine and cheese pairings? LOL

In answer to your question, the lighter the chocolate, the lighter the wine.
So if you serve a chocolate with high cacao content, a heavier wine, such as madeira, is best. The chart is a great help!

Linda- It was great fun!

Linda Henderson said...

Sounds like an interesting idea. I've never been much of a wine drinker so I'd really need help picking out wine. I do love chocolate though, especially white chocolate. Although technically I don't think white is actually chocolate. I'm more of a tea fan. I discovered a wonderful black tea chi latte, it is so yummy. I've had a hard time finding it so I order it from Amazon.

Ann Roth said...

Hmmm. I wonder if anyone ever paired tea with chocolate? Sounds like an interesting idea...

Gillian Layne said...

That sounds like so much fun!