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Vegan Chocolate Purely Pairing Wine Guide

Just like Laurel & Hardy or Laverne & Shirley, some things are meant to go together! Sugar Plum Chocolate's Vegan Chocolate bars are a perfect pairing for any wine. The deep, rich flavor of dark vegan chocolate with the decadent addition of organic fruits highlight many flavors of wine. Creating the perfect pairing of chocolate and wine may seem easy, but in in order to bring out the best in each of the partners, it is necessary to have a firm understanding of each individually. An uneducated pairing may result in an unpleasant tasting experience and may also leave you with an undesirable chocolate taste and a dry mouth.

By developing an understanding of chocolate flavors and notes before attempting to combine them with wine or spirits, you can expand your tasting experience. We recommend two ways in which to pair chocolate & wine:

1. Pair a chocolate and wine together that offer similar notes (for example - both have fruity or nutty notes.)

2. Aim for a contrast but complementary pairing. (for example - a toffee chocolate with nutty undertone wine)

Keep in mind that just as chocolate will vary in taste depending on its cacao and sugar content, texture, or decadent additions, wines will also vary in their notes & personality depending on vinter, vintage and grape variety. Adding to the complexity, each individual experiences wine and chocolate in different ways. We offer three guidelines to remember while searching for your perfect pairing:

1. Sugar & Alcohol content & sweetness of the wine should match or be greater than the chocolate you pair with. (It is understandable then that bittersweet chocolate will pair with a great number of wines than your standard milk, white or sweet dark chocolates.) Remember that both sugar content (derived from grape variety) and alcohol both add to the overall sweetness of the wine. If you take two equally sweet wines, but one has a greater alcohol content (such as a fortified port), the "sweeter" one will be the higher alcohol content. Acidic wines have reduced sweetness and will be more difficult to pair with a sweet chocolate. While sweeter, more full-bodied wines will have the most chocolate pairings, understand that sweet "dessert" wines may not always pair well with sweet chocolate because of the usual "tartness" of these wines.

2. Pair Like Intensities - Bold with Bold and Delicate with Delicate. Delicate chocolates pair well with lighter wines, but bittersweet chocolates pair better with bolder, full-bodied wines.

3. All tastings should being sweet and end bittersweet. Going against traditional love stories, we suggest beginning a taste pairing with sweet chocolates and work towards bittersweet. For an enhanced experience, try a wine singly and then add a taste of chocolate on the second go.

Below is a suggested guide to some perfect pairings of Chocolate & Wine.

Chocolate Type

Wine Pairing

White Chocolate
(white chocolateis cacao-free so if paired with the more acidic wines, it will not result in the tartness milk or dark chocolates might produce)

Muscato d'Asti, Sweet Champagne, Orange Muscat, Fruity Chardonnay, Riesling

Milk Chocolate
(Chocolate with milk added and at least 10% chocolate liquor)

Pinot Noir, Tawny Port, Riesling, Muscat, Light Merlot

Dark Chocolate
(Including semisweet(50% - 69% cacao content) and bittersweet
(70% cacao content or higher)
(Pair better with stronger red wines & wines with greater flavor intensity)

Bordeaux, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet, Zinfandel,Tawny Port,Cognac



To assist you with highlights and notes in wine varieties, we have prepared the following overview:

White Wines

Aromas & Flavors

Body

Sparkling Wine

Apple, pear, yeast

Medium

Sauvignon Blanc

Herbaceous, grassy, hay, citrus, grape-fruity

Light to Medium

Chardonnay

Pear, apple, oak, buttery,creamy

Medium to Heavy

Viognier

Floral, peach, apricot, pear, fruity

Medium

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio

Crisp, pear, peach, apricot

Light

Pinot Blanc

Pear, apple, floral

Medium

Chenin Blanc

Peaches, fruity

Light

Gewurztraminer

Lychee nut, spices, rose petals

Medium

Riesling

Apple, lemon, floral, apricot, fruity

Light

Red Wines

Aromas and Flavors

Body

Pinot Noir

Strawberry, berries, cherry

Light - medium

Merlot

Blackberry, plum, current, chocolate, vanilla

Medium

Zinfandel

Berries, jammy, cherry, earthy

Medium to heavy

Cabernet Sauvignon

Blueberries, black current, cassis, raspberries, oaky

Heavy

Syrah

peppery, spice, blackberry, cinnamon

Medium to heavy

Petite Syrah

Blackberry, pepper, jammy

Heavy

Sangiovese

Cherry, fruity, spice

Light to medium

Cabernet Franc

Raspberry, casis, herbacious

Medium

Barbera

Berries, red fruit

Medium

Malbec

Cherry, strawberry, plum

Medium


Whatever your wine or chocolate preference, remember that pairing wine and chocolate should be pleasurable and fun. Be adventurous & daring. Sugar Plum Chocolates enjoys pairing fine gourmet chocolates and wine and we hope you will, too!
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