Published on March 7th, 2012
Wine and Chocolate!
Wine and Chocolate – a marriage made in heaven or hell?
Wine tasted this episode:
Passo Doble, Masi, Tupungato, Argentina, 2009 @ £10.00. Available from Wine Direct – the best online merchant in the UK – check it out for yourself if you don’t believe me!
Chocolate from The Chocolate Trading Company – the best online chocolate retailer in the UK
Maybe the thought of milk chocolate and a glass of red wine doesn’t appeal to you, but today’s quality dark chocolate and modern fruity wines with softer tannins and higher alcohol are a fantastic match.
I’ve got some Grand Cru Mangari 64% cacoa, made by Valrhona. Listen to the crisp snap, a sure sign of quality – no vegetable fat here – Smell the red fruits, cherries and raspberries – this is not a flavoured chocolate it is the character of fine Madgascan chocolate.
When you taste chocolate you are meant to hold your nose to concentrate on the texture letting the chocolate melt and then release and let the aromas and flavours flood in. This chocolate has got a quick melt, and it is so silky and fine with tangy, fresh red fruits and not a hint of bitterness.
You need a full flavoured wine for chocolate, and I’ve chosen Masi’s Argentinian blend of Malbec, enriched by a double fermentation with air dried, raisined Corvina, a technique brought over from Italy and harks back to the ancient Greeks.
It’s luscious and with ripe black cherries, spicy oak and a remarkable freshness considering how fruity it is. The wine is made at a staggering 1,000 metres above sea level in Tupungato – it is the cool high altitudes that capture the freshness of the grapes and the increased solar radiation that produces extra ripeness and health giving antioxidants.
Taste them together. The alcohol in the wine expands the chocolate’s sweet flavours, and the chocolate brings out the wine’s cherry fruits. A glass of this red and dark chocolate with give you a lift. Try it out on your Casanova, but just make sure he doesn’t drink the whole bottle or eat the whole bar!
Enjoy your wine with chocolate!