Like Wine for Chocolate: Best Wine and Chocolate Pairings

As I write these lines, we have 52 56 contributions to this 13th edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday! I’m delighted that so many of you took part in the game and had fun playing. I won’t lie to you, it does give me a little thrill to know that 52 56 of us — and that’s not even counting the friends and family we embarked on the adventure — conducted this chocolate/wine tasting experiment, just a few days apart and each in our own little corner of the world.

So without further ado, let me direct you to their respective tasting notes. To try and make things somewhat organized, I ordered contributions by type of wine — and not by type of chocolate confection, although the thought did cross my mind. Some participants experimented with different wines, and these you will find in the “multiple tastings” section. I realize that the “red” category could probably be broken down some more, maybe into dessert wines and non-dessert wines or by region, but I didn’t always know enough to make that distinction. If you don’t find your entry listed here or if I made a mistake in the description/classification, please email me and it will be promptly corrected!

Thank you so much for participating: it’s been fun, I’ve learned a lot, and I have also added quite a few chocolate recipes on my to-try list!

Ports

The Corkdork from The Corkdork tasted a Zinfandel Port, and ended up preferring a good glass of cold milk.

Greg from Anapestic made a Perfect Chocolate Mousse and ate it with Port decanted in a vodka bottle!

Lou from One Whole Clove used a family recipe for her chocolate cake, and drank 10 year old Calem tawny port from the Haut Douro region of Portugal.

Ladygoat from The Foodgoat eats a bar of Scharffen-Berger dark chocolate (pre-Hershey, she notes) with caramel sauce and Warre’s Warrior Special Reserve Port.

Chas from Wine Taster nibbled on a coffee chocolate bar from Belgium while he drank Taylor’s Tawny Port.

Kieca from This heaven gives me migraine tasted Quinta do Noval “Raven” Port with a chocolate merlot cake.

Vins Doux Naturels

Shauna from Gluten-free Girl paired her flourless chocolate torte with a 2003 Banyuls (Domaine de la Rectorie).

Catherine from Purple Liquid tasted a 1988 Banyuls Grand Cru (Cave de l’Etoile).

Alyce from Mantia’s Musings made the recipe I offered with two different kinds of chocolate, and tasted both with a 1995 Banyuls and a 1997 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise.

Brett from In Praise of Sardines bought chocolate friands and pots de crème, and ate them with a 2003 Banyuls (Domaine La Tour Vieille).

Viv from Seattle Bon Vivant tasted an assortment of chocolate goodies with a 2003 Banyuls (Domaine de la Rectorie).

Aude from Ma vie à table created her blog just for this event (welcome to the blogosphere!), and paired her dark chocolate mousse with Mas Amiel.

And yours truly also went the Mas Amiel way.

Reds

Pastilla from her Flickr account drank a Black Muscat Elysium from California.

Sue from Coffee AM Wine PM tasted an Italian wine, A-Mano (by hand) from Catellaneta in Puglia.

Jacques Garin from Cuisine & Vins de l’Oecuméne, who happens to be a friend of my father’s, made a chocolate cake from a (French) mix and chose an aged Bordeaux, a 1991 Chateau Fourcas Hostein from the Haut Médoc.

Lindy from Lindy’s Toast made bittersweet chocolate ice and an Italian mocha-almond torte, and tasted that with a red dessert wine, a Mavrodaphne of Patras, from Achala Clauss.

Adam from The Amateur Gourmet drank Beaujolais in a Nutella-coated glass. Yes dear Adam, you definitely have the prize for the most endearing (and funny) effort!

Beth from The Zen Foodist made her very first cake ever (I’m so honored that it’s from a recipe I provided, this is a hugely important step in a human being’s life!) and ate it with a 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon called “Screw Kappa Napa”.

Pascale from C’est moi qui l’ai fait made her chocolate financiers to eat with chateau Maydie, a liquorish wine from the South West of France.

Jennifer from The Domestic Goddess made her own flourless chocolate torte, and ate it with a Cotes du Ventoux.

Matt from Sound and Fury paired the cake with a Zinfandel called Seven Deadly Zins.

Carrick from Mundell.org celebrated his birthday with the cake and a 2002 Black Label Claret from the Coppola winery.

Brenda from Culinary Fool baked a Chocolate Cabernet Torte and then drank the Cabernet that went in the torte, a Drop Dead Red by Kestrel Vintners.

Joanne and Jack from Fork & Bottle bought David Glass’ Ultimate Chocolate Truffle Cake and paired it with a 1998 Turley Delinquent Zinfandel.

Johanna from The Passionate Cook made a chocolate soufflé and chestnut ice-cream (using the crème de marron I had sent her!), which she served with Piconera, a sweet sherry.

Mag from The Wine Offensive enjoyed her Boule chocolates with a Madeira.

Whites

Cam from Appellation Australia tasted the cake with an Australian Chardonnay from the Tamburlaine Winery.

Champagne

Trish from The Countess baked a chocolate layer cake and ate it with Champagne, a Brut Dargent.

Multiple tastings

Fatemeh from Gastronomie SF teamed up with Derrick from An Obsession with Food to taste a 1993 Coheita Madeira and a young vintage port from 1999 with a flourless chocolate cake.

Pim from Chez Pim went out for a chocolate fonduta and tasted it with a vintage port, a 1977 Taylor Fladgate, and a pink 2004 Brachetto Birbert from Piemonte.

Barbara from Winos and Foodies tasted a sparkling Riccadonna Asti from Italy, a 2002 Nevis Bluff Pinot Gris, a 2003 Olssens Jackson Barry Pinot Noir and a 2003 Sileni Late Harvest Semillon.

Lisa from Restaurant Widow asked for help and advice from a professional wine buyer she knows, who had her taste no less than seven different wines (including a Château d’Yquem) with a moscato chocolate bombe.

Lenn from Lenndevours had his cake with a Jamesport Vineyards 1998 Semi-Glace, a Baldwin Vineyards 2004 Blueberry Wine and Raspberry Wine, and a Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui D.O.C.G.

Serge from Serge the Concierge teamed up with a pastry chef who made Chocolate Crepes while he provided a Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Port, a Rodney Strong Cabernet and a Bonny Doon Vin de Glaciere.

William from WLW-Winegeek tastes his wife’s Confession Cake with a Bonny Doon Framboise, a Villa Maria’s Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection, and a Banfi’s Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Aqui.

Tim from Winecast tasted a 2002 Old Vine Zinfandel from California and a 1998 Banyuls (M. Chapoutier).

Jennifer from Cookin’ in the ‘Cuse tasted an organic red table wine from the state of New York, an organic Muscat from California and a Port, also from California.

Kristina from Xtina Askew baked her “cheat cake” and paired it with a 2003 Firesteed Pinot Noir, a 2003 L’Crocodile Viognier, and a 2002 Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon.

Erich from Erichian played matchmaker (lovely metaphor) for an assortment of chocolate bites and a 2001 Gundlach Bundschu Zinfandel, a Tedeschi Vineyards Framboise de Maui, and a 1999 Los Olivos Vintners Zinfandel Port.

Other kinds of wine

Carolyn from 18th Century Cuisine baked a French Chocolate Cake and ate it with Frambosia Raspberry wine from Oregon.

Beth from Kitchen Mage tells us about a fascinating Chocolate Orange wine from Astoria, Oregon.

Other drinks

David Lebovitz from David Lebovitz doesn’t like chocolate and wine together, so he paired his Gâteaux Bastille with an eau-de-vie, a Spiritueux de Cacao.

Inna from Forever Hungry, baked a Dark Wave Chocolate Cake and ate it while drinking vodka.

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  • http://scally.typepad.com pascale

    Thanks a lot Clotilde for hosting this WBW. I loved the subject and it was really fun to participate.

  • http://www.camwheeler.com/wine Cam Wheeler

    Hi Clotilde, sorry, but here is my late entry. Thanks for hosting.

    http://www.camwheeler.com/wine/?p=52

  • http://sommelier-vins.com DELMAS sommelier

    Thanks so much about this post.

    I just written about the wines and the chocolates, in my website.

    It is lot of people for this challenge.

    Enjoy your tasting ;-)

    Emmanuel
    Franch sommelier, and wine-consultant.

    Sorry for my english, it is, very french indeed…;-)

  • http://www.thepassionatecook.com johanna

    hi clotilde – thanks for hosting… for some reason you must not have received my email… here’s the link for my entry:
    http://thepassionatecook.typepad.com/thepassionatecook/2005/09/like_wine_for_c.html
    thanks
    johanna

  • http://www.onewholeclove.typepad.com/ S.L. Plant

    Merci Clotide!
    J’ai appris beaucoup!

  • http://www.sassyradish.com radish

    Tant pis! I missed it, I was in the hospital with the e-coli infection post my Napa trip!!

    I did, however, find a wine there that goes beautifully with dark chocolate. It’s made by Grgich Hills in a super limited release, and is called Violette. Quite lovely with some delicious dark chocolate.

  • http://www.zenfoodism.com/ Beth – The Zen Foodist

    Thank you SO MUCH for the kind words and linkage, but especially for hosting this event. I really enjoyed it!

    I can’t believe that I have a new hobby that gives me an excuse to eat chocolate and drink wine. Damn, I am smart for picking this as a hobby! :)

  • Cindy

    Thanks for the roundup ! That’s so many blog entries to read… but many interesting ones if not all of them.

  • http://www.gastronomie-sf.com Fatemeh

    This is going to be a lot of fun to get through, thank you Clotilde!

    Incidentally, lovely job getting the roundup organized and UP very quickly.

    Fatemeh

  • http://tascadaelvira.blogspot.com/ Elvira

    Too difficult for me… But it is a very good idea to associate wine and chocolate.

  • http://www.xanga.com/chef_kayenne kayenne

    are you still accepting? are local, native “wines” considered? i’ve a good wine here made in the mountain province here in the philippines. it’s a good red wine made from wildberries. i don’t think it’s available elsewhere though.

  • http://www.winosandfoodies.typepad.com/ Barbara

    Thankyou for hosting Clotilde. I shall enjoy the weekend reading all the entries.

  • http://18thccuisine.blogspot.com/ Carolyn

    Thanks, Clothilde, for such a great tasting choice. It was fun to participate.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/jcomer2001 Jim

    Hey! This was a great idea, and we tasted a ten-year-old tawny port with chocolate chip cookies, as well as with two dark chocolates from San Francisco Chocolate Company, their “wine lovers’ chocolate” line. The 56% cocoa chocolate was overwhelmed by the port; the 72% cocoa dark chocolate was amazing with the port. More on my livejournal.

  • http://www.travelerslunchbox.com Melissa

    Clotilde, I’ve run across a couple of sites that participated that weren’t included in your roundup.
    Take a look at Michele’s:
    http://www.oswegotea.com/2005/09/little-wine-lot-of-chocolate-wbw13.html
    and Shauna’s:
    http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/2005/09/plummy-red-wine-and-flourless.html

  • http://trishwilson.typepad.com/blog The Countess

    Thanks for including my entry, Clotilde. I was very interested in the history of that chocolate layer cake that I baked. The fact that it came from a haunted Abbey made it fun for me. I love champagne, and I know chocolate and champagne go great together. The champagne I found was inexpensive but it had a nice taste that went well with the cake.

    Great roundup! I have lots of new posts to read.

  • http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com shauna

    Thanks, Melissa.

    Clotilde! I loved making the flourless chocolate torte for the first time and choosing the wine, which turned out to be quite similar to yours. You must not have received my email. Could you put mine in the roundup?

    http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/2005/09/plummy-red-wine-and-flourless.html

  • http://mundell.org Carrick

    Well done. Huge list. BTW, I’m a “he” not a “she”.

  • simplicity

    coltide, always love your posts & has been wondering if you can share some of your fav, must-have cookbooks & reasons? i’m a beginner cook who loves&enjoy food&dining :D thx

  • http://www.freshcatering.blogspot.com Rachael

    Oops. I knew I forgot something! To let you know I participated! LOL. Well, its almost a week later now but I did. Thanks for the roundup!

    Rachael

    http://freshcatering.blogspot.com/2005/09/wbw13-wine-and-chocolate-1999-chateau.html

  • http://alcontrario.blogspot.com/ Nes

    Loved all the renderings.

    Here’s my very late entry, it’s sugarless and non- alcoholic. (I’m Pre-diabetic).

    But if I could have my alcoholic pic, I would’ve drank a sweet cinnamon liqueur.

  • http://www.tomatom.com Ed Charles

    We have a late entry from my new co-contributor who says that Pedro Ximenez sherry is the only wine that matches perfectly with chocolate.

  • http://www.go-provence.com roger

    Most excellent compendium of insights! I am tempted to ask my friends at Thorntons and L’artisan du chocolat for professional insight.

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