Wine and chocolate tasting ideas

This page is an extension of my wine tasting party ideas page which contains tips and advice on choosing a theme, which wines to buy, how to taste, and food pairing suggestions.

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For a fun alternative to a traditional wine tasting party—that would be particularly good for a bridal shower or bachelorette party—think about throwing a wine and chocolate tasting.

Now, you can't pair just any old wine with chocolate, as most chocolate will ruin the flavor of the wine. You have to match intense, fuity wines with high cocoa content quality chocolate.

Fortunately, the master chocolatiers from premium Swiss chocolate brand Lindt have done all the hard work for you by teaming up with the winemakers of J.Lohr Vineywards to find the perfect wine pairings for their Lindt Excellence range of chocolate; which includes flavors such as 'Intense Orange', 'A Touch of Sea Salt', 'Chilli', 'Pineapple', and '70% Cocoa'.

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Wine and Chocolate Pairings

When choosing which chocolate and wine to pair, quality is key. Only use premium chocolate such as the tried and tested wine and chocolate pairings below.

Lindt Sea Salt + los osos Merlot

Lindt Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt pairs well with J.Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot.

This Merlot's red fruit aromas of plum and pomegranate, accompanied by a touch of baking spice, complement the sharpness of the Fleur de Sel and sweet cacao characteristics of the Lindt Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt. Reminiscent of fresh cream and butter, with a pleasant tang on the finish.

Tasting Notes:

The 2013 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot presents mature red color with a raspberry hue. Brambly fruit aromas of plum and pomegranate are integrated with a barrel signature of mocha and baking spice. Whole berry fermentation with a generous use of Malbec in the blend accentuates bright fruit tones on the palate, and leaves a lengthy finish.

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You can pick up the Lindt Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt here, and the J.Lohr iconLos Osos Merlot here.

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Lindt Orange + bay mist white riesling

Lindt Excellence Intense Orange pairs well with J.Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling.

This bright Riesling has notes of lychee, pear, and orange is the ideal match for the sweet citrus profile of the Lindt Excellence Intense Orange. Full fruit flavors and a balanced and refreshing acidity work in harmony here.

Tasting Notes:

The 2014 Bay Mist White Riesling is pale straw yellow in color with youthful green hues. The enticing aromas of rose petals, lychee, apricots and white flowers are enhanced by the touch of residual sugar, fresh palate-cleansing acidity and a light residual spritz of carbonation retained from fermentation.

In addition to the chocolate, this also pairs well with proscuitto and melon, grilled fish tacos, Indian curry dishes, or Caribbean jerk chicken.

lindt wine and chocolate pairing

 

You can pick up the Lindt Excellence Intense Orange here, and the J.Lohr iconBay Mist White Riesling here.

Note: Sign up for their wine newsletter and you get shipping for only 1 cent on your first order making it much more cost-effective to buy online.

 

 

 

Lindt chili + falcon's perch pinot noir

Lindt Excellence Chili pairs well with J.Lohr Estates Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir.

A pinch of chili powder really sets off this Pinot Noir with its aromas of cherry preserves, dried herbs and vanilla. Pair it with Lindt Excellence Chili, an aromatic, sweet dark chocolate perfumed with red chili. Enjoyed together, they create spicy warmth that bursts onto the palate.

Tastng Notes:

The 2014 Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir delivers effusive strawberry andsage varietal aromas, and is lifted by a vanilla spice oak signature. Plump red fruit on the palate finishes with a touch of talc and rhubarb.

A pinch of chili powder really sets off this Pinot Noir. Try witha Lowcountry Southern cuisine recipe, like shrimp gumbo with Andouille sausage. Classic matches include smoked salmon and chevre cheese on savory crackers.

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You can pick up the Lindt Excellence Chili here, and the J.Lohr iconFalcon's Perch Pinot Noir here.

Note: Sign up for their wine newsletter and you get shipping for only 1 cent on your first order making it much more cost-effective to buy online.

 

 

 

Lindt Pineapple + Riverstone Chardonnay

Lindt Excellence Pineapple pairs well with J.Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay.

This sweet dark chocolate bar is blended with pineapple and caramelized hazelnut pieces, while the Riverstone Chardonnay is rich and well-balanced with aromas of ripe pear, pineapple, and toasted hazelnut that provides a finish of caramel and cream when combined with the chocolate.

Tasting Notes:

The 2014 Riverstone Chardonnay has a youthful, brassy yellow color of medium depth. The aromas are fresh and reminiscent of ripe nectarine, apple and strawberry combined with honey, grilled hazelnuts and toasty oak from the barrel fermentation and sur lie aging. The palate weight is plump and rich, with flavors echoing the aromas with a delicate balance of acidity, buttery length and sophisticated elegance.

lindt wine and chocolate pairing

 

You can pick up the Lindt Excellence Pineapple here, and the J.Lohr iconRiverstone Chardonnay here.

Note: Sign up for their wine newsletter and you get shipping for only 1 cent on your first order making it much more cost-effective to buy online.

 

 

 

Lindt 70% cocoa + Seven oaks cabernet sauvignon

Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa pairs well with J.Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon.

This Cabernet Sauvignon has ripe aromas of blueberry and black plum meld with a bouquet of chocolate and hazelnut. Pair it with the rich Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa, which features notes of tobacco, leather, and roasted nuts. They are a match in both depth and body and finish with a creaminess that coats the palate.

Tasting Notes:

The 2013 J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is showing exceptionally dark color with a bright hue at release. Intense fruit aromas of black cherry, plum and blueberry are accented by a barrel bouquet of hazelnut, dark chocolate and toasted pastry. Sturdy tannins strike the palate and finish with the hightoned fruit signature that typifies the Paso Robles appellation.

Pair with charbroiled beef tenderloin, grilled portabella mushrooms, or your favorite bruschetta recipe.

lindt wine and chocolate pairing

 

You can pick up the Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa here, and the J.Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon here.

Note: Sign up for their wine newsletter and you get shipping for only 1 cent on your first order making it much more cost-effective to buy online.

 

 

How to taste Wine and Chocolate

To taste these wines and chocolates like an expert, follow these steps:

  • First, taste both the chocolate and wine individually.
  • For the most ideal tasting experience, begin with chocolate that has the lowest percentage cocoa and work your way up.

How to Taste Chocolate

SIGHT: Examine the chocolate's appearance—color, structure and sheen. Premium chocolate should have a silky matte sheen and an even texture.

TOUCH: Gently feel the surface of the chocolate to ensure it is silky and smooth.
Premium chocolate should never feel rough or grainy.

SOUND: Break the bar and listen for a loud, crisp snap. A clean "snap" is a sign of good quality and texture.

SMELL: Take the time to breathe in the rich fragrances before placing a piece of chocolate in your mouth. You should be able to identify a range of pleasant and intense aromas. The aroma of the chocolate will prepare you for an intense chocolate taste.

TASTE: Let the chocolate melt on the tongue and experience the chocolate flavor coupled with it's smooth texture. This is the height of the tasting experience, where your senses work together to produce an overwhelming sensation.

 

How to Taste wine

For similar detailed tips for wine tasting, see the section How to Taste Wine on my Wine Tasting Party Ideas page.

 

Pairing Wine and Chocolate

  • Once you've tasted the wine and chocolate individually, begin the pairing.
  • Take another piece of chocolate. Savor the taste as it slowly melts in your mouth.
  • When the last lingering notes of chocolate are all that remain, take a sip of wine. Hold the wine in your mouth, allowing it to coat your palate.
  • Notice the complex changes in taste as the wine mingles with the residual chocolate flavor.

 

 

 

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Styling, Decor, and Wine Tasting Invitations

For more tips and ideas for throwing a wine tasting party, check out my other page of Wine Tasting Party Ideas. One idea from that pag, that is particularly good for a wine and chocolate tasting is this chalkboard table runner (available from supplier 1 or 5 here). It comes on a roll, so can be cut to any length, and it's a great way to identify which chocolate pairs well with which wine.

 

 

 

 

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