Some Valentine’s Day Pairings

After yesterday’s wine cake, I thought this might be appropriate.

These tips are from Natalie MacLean – World famous wine expert and author of Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.

Natalie says the creamy flavors of chocolate go best with sweet, full-bodied, high-alcohol wines. If you’d like to see what wines pair well with chocolate, go to the wine and food area of Natalie’s website and where it says “Choose Your Food”, pick Desserts. You can match wines with up to 50 of them.

Below are Natalie’s top 10. Hmmmm. I might have to make some almond toffee to go with tawny port.

Natalie’s top 10 wine and chocolate matches:

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

Even if you are not dead-set on pairing your dessert with wine, Natalie’s food-and-wine matcher is work book marking. She has pairings for all kinds of dishes and recipes. She also accepts emails, so if you have a dish or wine you think might stump her, send a note to the address on Nat Decants.

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  1. Therese says

    Well…color me HAPPY today! You just have given me a great idea for my Bunco group! I am hosting in July…and that book is giving me an idea!

    Truly you rock!

    Rush in Vegas…really? I will have to tell my son Corey about that one. He is only 12 but into all the groups that I was into at one time way back…you know…Bon Jovi… is all so retro and funny!

  2. says

    Awesome list! I have that book, but I still haven’t cracked it open…why?! I’d rather drink wine than read about someone else drinking it, I guess:) Do the Port…we buy a bottle every holiday season and have it with various chocolate, and I really love it with Stilton.

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