Wine + Chocolate = Love.
Except for roses, nothing says Valentine’s Day more than our favorite drink with our favorite sweet and savory nibbles. And the roses don’t taste as good.
Here are some pairing suggestions:
1. Buy or make some chocolate-coated strawberries and drop them into a flute of champagne — the real stuff. Drink the wine, retrieve the strawberry, and repeat. Making them yourself is an especially romantic (almost) ending to an evening a deux back in the kitchen after returning from dinner.
2. Champagne also goes well if you’re having a chocolate soufflé as a dessert — the bubbles help cut the richness.
3. Port is probably the most common pairing with chocolate, and the tannins in it go especially well with a small brick of the absolutely darkest chocolate you can find.
4. More and more chocolatiers are making peppery chocolates, so you want a spicy red to go with it. Try some zinfandel from California or perhaps a petite sirah.
5. For chocolate-covered cherries, pick a big, fruity wine such as a California merlot or a Right Bank Bordeaux from St. Emilion or Pomerol.