A match made in heaven Lindt Excellence and Wine
How to taste
Chocolate and wine - two of life’s greatest pleasures and a match made in taste heaven. Wine expert, Olly Smith, has teamed up with our Master Chocolatier to create a few delectable pairing suggestions for you to try. Once you’ve got started, why not experiment yourself at home using his tasting tips. These are sensory pleasures, so be sure to listen to the rustle of the paper and slowly tear off the top of the paper to reveal the delicious chocolate.
To best enjoy your wine and chocolate tasting experience, it’s important to tap into all five of your senses.
First open the wine, then the chocolate. These are sensory pleasures, so be sure to listen to the rustle of the paper and slowly tear off the top of the paper to reveal the delicious chocolate.
Did you know?
The shape of your glass can influence the taste of your wine. Big bodied reds need a larger area to release their vapours, but light white wines do better in a smaller, tulip shaped glass. For more information on glasses visit www.riedel.co.uk
Smell the chocolate and savour the aroma before breaking off a diamond, listening for the snap. Take a small piece and let it melt slowly in your mouth. Think about the aroma, the texture, the length of time it takes to melt. When you have finally swallowed the chocolate, consider the flavour and how long it lingers.
Now do the same with the wine. Pour it into the glass, smell it, enjoy the aroma. Take a sip and before you swallow, savour the flavours.
Think about the flavour in particular think about whether it is dry or sweet, how fresh and fruity it is, whether it feels light in the mouth or weighty and viscous.
Now it's time to taste the two together. Take another small piece of chocolate, and allow it to begin melting in your mouth. Then take a sip of the wine. As you swallow the chocolate and the wine think about how the flavours work together: Are they both equally sweet?
Do the flavours of the wine and chocolate meet at the end, or do they stand apart? What does the chocolate bring to the wine and vice versa?
Repeat the process with different combinations to experience the very different and delightful tastes each pairing brings.