Easter means eggs. Chocolate eggs. And there are lots out there in the shops at the moment. Dark chocolate eggs, milk chocolate eggs, eggs filled with Smarties and even chocolate eggs filled with liqueur chocolates. But come the final egg count this Sunday there will be two important questions to answer: “Which one to unwrap first?”, and “What wine will match all that chocolate?”.
That’s a difficult one. Wine isn’t a natural match to chocolate. Its mouth-coating intenseness can overwhelm many wines. Once the tongue has tasted anything really sweet it’s difficult for it to identify subtler fruity flavours, like those found in wine. And should you prefer your eggs made from dark chocolate then finding a suitable match will be all the harder – choose unwisely and both wine and chocolate will clash leaving behind an unpleasant metallic taste.
But there are wines that elevate both food and drink to the next level of taste experience.
Vintage port and Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon harmonise wonderfully with dark chocolate to produce deep spicy notes. While milk chocolate reduces the acidity of oaked whites making the resulting blend taste smooth and yoghurty.
Truffle and liqueur fillings need matching with equally rich wines: try Sherry, Marsala and Madeira. With higher alcohol content than normal, these Mediterranean wines taste naturally sweet and so your palate will taste both wine and chocolate equally well.
PG Wine Reviews
Wolf Blass Australian Eaglehawk Shiraz 2013
Creamy damson, raspberry and coffee flavours – so great with any dark chocolate Easter eggs.
Linda Mora Argentinean White Torrontes 2014
Predominantly floral with additional apple and peach flavours. Match to milk chocolate.
Le Rabatte Italian Chianti 2013
Unripe blackberry and blueberry flavours, with some chocolate stuff going on too.
McGuigan Classic Australian Semillon Blanc 2012
A nice white with apple, pear and lemon zest flavours.
Trivento Argentinean Malbec Reserva 2013
An unexpectedly light red coming out of Argentina with raspberry and grapefruit flavours. Match it to a mixed box of chocs.
Mcguigan The Shortlist Australian Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
£13.97 Asda, £14.99 Majestic
Rich and chewy flavours of blackcurrant and liquorice.
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