Pairing wine with chocolate or other desserts can be tricky. The general rule is that you want your wine to be a touch sweeter than your dessert or chocolate. As for pairing chocolate and wine, we tend to follow these chocolate and wine pairing guidelines. One of our favorite pairings for rich chocolate dishes is Port. But that’s not the only wine you can enjoy with your indulgent treats.
For Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up some excellent chocolate desserts for your celebration. We’ve also got a suggestion or two when it comes to wine. Enjoy!
We love these homemade Chocolate Truffles from Wine4.Me contributor Mary Cressler. These are great to make ahead of time as they can be refrigerated for weeks, although they probably won’t last that long. Because there are very few ingredients, be sure to buy high quality ingredients.
Wine Pairing: Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Vine Vintners Blend ~ $9
If you’re looking for a showstopper of a dessert, try this Dark Chocolate Cake with Cherry Pop Rocks Covered Truffles from Climbing Grier Mountain. It’s a homemade chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and ganache that is then topped with Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles covered in Pop Rocks. Wow!
Wine Pairing: Layer Cake Shiraz ~ $15
Wine Pairing: Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d’Asti (375 ML) ~ $15
This Nutella Chocolate Lava Cake with Muddled Champagne Raspberries from Joyful Healthy Eats is a decadent dessert – chocolate cake with a molten center topped with raspberries that are muddled with champagne. Choose a sweet Champagne to muddle the raspberries and enjoy the rest of the bottle.
Wine Pairing: Port or Port style wine
If your Valentine is a cheesecake and chocolate lover, this Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust from Spiced is a great choice. This beauty has an Oreo cookie crust, a decadent chocolate cheesecake, and raspberries and chocolate curls to finish it off.
Wine Pairing: Cupcake Vineyards Merlot ~ $10