Admit it. You’ve been in the Central Market Wine Department eyeing the chocolate—or vice versa—and you’re just about ready to take the leap to the ultimate indulgence. Consider this the nudge you need.
The rule of thumb is simple enough: Rich, intense chocolates need rich, intense wines, and the darker the chocolate, the redder the wine. Pamper yourself—and your palate—by matching chocolates with deep red-fruit flavors to wines with the same notes.
With that in mind, please both your inner wine connoisseur and your inner chocoholic with these pairings:
Humble Pie Cabernet with Valrhona 85% Dark Bar – Humble Pie’s tart black currant, vanilla bean, and cedar wood deftly handle the distinctive bitterness of Valrhona’s dark chocolate bar.
Doppio Passo Primitivo with Willie’s Cacao Madagascan Gold Bar – These two were made for each other. Both boast notes of deep fruit flavors like blackberries and rich red fruits.
Cornicelli Casa Rossa Red with Michel Cluizel 45% Milk Bar – Casa Rossa is the perfect to sweet dishes, and chocolate definitely counts. The match of its fruity flavors, particularly strawberries and raspberries, with Michel Cluizel’s rich, caramelly milk chocolate is the wine-and-chocolate equivalent of a deep, happy sigh.
All chocolates are available at Central Market, and stop in for A Chocolate Affair now through February 17th.