Wine and Chocolate?

September 29th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Wine and Chocolate?

To some in Harpenden and St Albans, this might sound like an abomination to others a magical feat that if you can pull it off is an absolute delight. If you want to have a go at matching wine and chocolate, on 1st of Oct 2019 between 7 pm and 9 pm, at The Plough & Harrow, Harpenden, AL5 1PR, the question - What Wines To Pair With Chocolate? - is being posed followed or accompanied by a tasting of seven wines each with a different type of chocolate. Go along and see for yourself which match of wine and chocolate works best.

Some say wine and chocolate already have many similarities they are both considered to be aphrodisiacs and they both contain flavanols or antioxidants. Despite these striking similarities, it’s somewhat challenging to pair wine and chocolate together.

Wine and chocolate pairings are some of the most challenging taste combinations to pull off. If you are sipping a delicious glass of dry red wine alongside a hunk of dark chocolate, the wine will start to taste bitter and sour. The taste imbalance comes from the heightened levels of flavanols - the different types of tannin found in both chocolate and wine that end up clashing on your tongue.

There are however several wines that make great pairings with chocolate and say the Harpenden experts, they are amazing. If you want to start practising before the event it is not a bad idea to start with a bar of good milk chocolate. It is usually about half chocolate and half cream this extra fat from the cream makes milk chocolate one of the easiest “true” chocolates to pair with wine.

The polyphenols in dark chocolate mirror those in wine giving them that bitter edge. It’s also the part of the chocolate that gives you all the health benefits! The bitterness in dark chocolate what the Harpenden wine and chocolate pairing event will help you balance out.

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