Chocolate and Wine for your Valentine

When you want the perfect pairing for the perfect pair

While the chocolate lover’s tooth and the oenophile’s palate might seem incompatible to some, many who appreciate the one find a way to love the other as well. But too often this gustatory viewpoint is limited in its scope. As a result, many people think chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon are the only acceptable pairing of wine and chocolate. In truth, a richer, fuller variety of combinations is available to all who want to explore. And what better time to start the journey than on Valentine’s Day, and in the weeks beyond?

To get past the Cabernet Sauvignon delusion, it helps to open up to other things: sparkling wine, Champagne, Madeira, port and dessert wine. Below are our top wine choices for Valentine’s Day. Plus, some tasty, and perhaps pleasantly surprising, pairings.

Bricco Riella Moscato d’Asti

  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Strawberries & Chantilly Cream
  • White Chocolate Mousse

Banfi Rosa Regale

  • Dove Milk Chocolates or Dark Chocolates
  • Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate Truffles
  • Milk Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Duval Leroy Champaigne

  • Dark Chocolate Truffles

Roederer Estate Brut Rose

  • High Cocoa Content Chocolates

Broadbent Madeira

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Vanilla Chocolate Crème Brulee
  • Chocolate Covered or Pure Caramel

Broadbent Auction Reserve Lot 1 Port

  • Coffee Chocolate Truffles

Pacific Rim Framboise

  • Chocolate Cheesecake

Domaine du Mas Blanc Banyuls

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate Tarts

Alvear PX

  • Chocolate Bread Pudding with a Crème anglaise

If chocolate is not your thing then don’t forget there are other fun things to do. For example, Champaigne cocktails are a delight that can warm the heart.

Champagne cocktails

Sence Limoncello Sparkle

  • 1 oz. Caravella Limoncello
  • 1 oz. Sence Rose Necta
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • Cristalino Cava or you favorite sparkling wine

Kir Royale

  • 1/2 oz.Briottet Creme de Casis
  • Monte Vicor Cava or you favorite sparkling wine

Canton Royale

  • 1 oz.Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • Casteller Cava or you favorite sparkling wine

According to Chris Clark, Managing Partner and Sommelier at Vintage Wine Market in Ridgeland, “Each person will have their own individual tastes. There are many creative directions you can follow to help create the perfect Valentine holiday.”

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For more information on Valentine flavors and suggestions contact Adam Pate at Vintage Wine Market in Ridgeland, Mississippi at (601) 605-9199. One of Mississippi’s newest, best, unkept secrets, Vintage Wine Market (www.vintagewinemarket.com, www.facebook.com/VintageWineMarket), is located in the Renaissance Center next to Fresh Market and provides choices as well as expertise when it comes to their ever expanding selection of wines, Champaignes and other beverage styles and choices.

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