Wine and chocolate: a complicated relationship

Mar 25, 2021 | Ossola Vine Club English

Sometimes, it is still a bit tricky for wine lovers to find a perfect pairing between wine and chocolate. Years ago, the combination between them seemed impossible because they offer intense and disparate emotions and organoleptic sensations. They are both considered aphrodisiacs and contain tannins.


How to combine wine and chocolate? 

It is necessary to buy a wine that can stand up to the complexity of chocolate: structure, aroma, and sweetness must be in equal proportions between the two products. The higher the percentage of cocoa in the chocolate, the higher the alcohol and the body of wine you need. If the chocolate is dark, the wine must be too. Another fundamental rule is the quality of both products.


The combination

Indeed, there is no perfect combination. Sometimes, you can try to pair different types of chocolate with various wines to discover your favourite pairings. Below are some suggestions for the upcoming Easter.




White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids, and sometimes vanilla. It can be paired with various types of wine, from sparkling as Moscato d’Asti to sweet still wine such as late harvest Riesling or ice wine from Val di Susa.

Do you prefer red wine? Do not worry because white chocolate can also go well with red wine like Pinot Noir or Beaujolais. Otherwise, you can also try rosé Porto.



With dark chocolate, which contains cocoa solids and cocoa butter, without milk or butter, you can pair it with red wine as Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. It is also recommended to pair with a sweet passito wine or Porto. 

In addition, what about milk chocolate or a dessert covered with milk chocolate? We suggest you trying to pair with Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gewürztraminer, or late-harvest red wines.



Above are just some suggestions for you to try on Easter. Do not hesitate to try your pairings. Sometimes, you can be amazed by yourself.

For this upcoming Easter, try to pair our Valli Ossolane DOC Rosso Vigna Vagna with dark chocolate, and let us know what you think about this combination.



Laurea specialistica Università Bordeaux Montaigne – Pessac, Francia

Lingue, affari e interculturalità: economia del vino, enoturismo e interculturalità

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