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Perfect V-Day Game Plan

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  • Publish Date: Feb 12, 2010

Wine and chocolate is one of the most classic pairings on the planet. For those equally fond of both aphrodisiacs, it makes complete sense to celebrate this Valentine’s Day with this affordable, timeless, and divine pairing.

The most common of rule for pairing wine and chocolate is choosing a wine that has enough pizazz to stand up to the chocolate that will inevitably coat your mouth. By pizazz we mean a combination of powerful fruit, big tannins, acidity, and perhaps a lofty degree of alcohol. A sip of something frizante will usually do the trick as well.

If you’re looking for some specific recommendations, we thought you might enjoy the list below of a Moscato and two terrific ports that pair beautifully with a Daily Sip favorite, TCHO chocolate:

TCHO Citrus & Coppo, Moscato d'Asti "Moncalvina", 2007
This refreshing and zingy chocolate perfectly complements and enhances the fresh and youthful nature of the Moscato. Both are clean and light and will keep your palate dancing with flavor.

TCHO Chocolatey & Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port
The powerful dark cherry and black fruit aromas in the port add layers of flavor to the already rich, decadent TCHO chocolate. A classic pairing loaded with depth and complexity.

TCHO Nutty &Fonseca 10-year-old Tawny Port
There is a toasty subtlety to the nutty chocolate which becomes amplified by the smooth, silky texture and subtle oak nuances of the Tawny Port. This paring is delicious any way you swing it.

Have other wine & chocolate pairing suggestions? Share them below!

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Wine Cyberstar

Feb 13, 2010
Another wine which is absolutely divine with chocolate is the Recioto della Valpolicella. Recioto, one of the oldest wines in the history of wine-making in the Valpolicella. Already in the 4th century after Christ, a letter described a wine produced using a special technique for the raisining of grapes. The Recioto, like his dry bother the Amarone, is produced from grapes which have been raisined after the harvest and from the same grapes of the Valpolicella DOC. This is a sweet wine which represents a very small proportion of the Valpolicella’s total productions and one which, in my opinion, is waiting to be discovered by the international market.

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Feb 12, 2010
Pinot Grigio pairs nicely with white chocolate!

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