This guide to pairing chocolate and red wine is one you’ll definitely want to try this Easter
At the Taylors Estate Winery in the Clare Valley, South Australia, you can experience an amazing chocolate and wine match experience, developed by Taylors’ Senior Brand Ambassador Cherry Stowman. For those of us who sadly can’t nip over the ditch, Cherry has shared some chocolate and wine pairing suggestions for trying out at home this Easter.
“Wine and chocolate is not always easy to match but when you get it right, it can be glorious,” says Cherry. “At the Taylors winery we offer a wine and chocolate tasting experience that showcases how great it can be. Based on how popular they are, I can confirm there’s a little chocoholic in all of us.”
“Merlot and shiraz are soft, lighter tannic wines so they’re a good match with milk chocolate which is less bitter,” advises Cherry. “Cabernet on the other hand is a more tannic wine, so it matches very well with dark chocolates.”
Try these delish wine and choc pairings...
Taylors Estate Merlot + toffee milk chocolate, or milk chocolate with fruit and spices
This wine has ripe berry, rich fruitcake flavours and soft, velvety tannins, while French and American oak notes add dark chocolate, coffee bean and vanilla characters that will match superbly with fruit, spice and toffee flavoured milk chocolates. RRP$19.99 at Liquorland
Taylors Estate Shiraz + orange, ginger or black forest (cherry and dark berry) milk chocolate
A soft and “fleshy” shiraz, this wine has a lively taste of juicy red berry fruits, plum and spice, along with subtle chocolate and savoury characters from maturing in oak, all of which are heaven when combined with black forest, orange and ginger flavoured milk chocs. RRP$19.99 at Liquorland
Taylors Jaraman Shiraz + coffee or toffee flavoured milk chocolate
A rich, full-bodied wine, this shiraz has intense flavours of ripe red berry fruit, violets and attractive oak characters of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate, which are heaven for the tastebuds when paired with coffee and toffee flavoured milk chocolates. RRP$29.99 at Liquorland
Taylors Jaraman Cabernet + mint or chilli dark chocolate
This velvety cabernet has aromas of dark cherry and mint, plus intense flavours of cassis and blackberry fruit along with attractive oak characters of cigar box and tobacco leaf. Dark chocolates with mint and/or chilli flavours will bring out the mint aspect of the wine while complementing the dark fruits and tobacco leaf flavours. RRP$29.99 at Liquorland