Wine & Chocolate Pairing
We recently partnered with Divine Chocolate to find the best flavor combinations to go with our Stonedance wines. The result is a collaboration of pairing ideas suitable for wine and chocolate lovers alike!
How It All Began
Divine Chocolate is proud to be the only Fairtrade chocolate company that is co-owned by cocoa farmers. Members of Kuapa Kokoo Farmers’ Co-operative in Ghana provide the highest quality cocoa for their chocolate, making Divine the perfect chocolate to pair with wine.
The Stonedance wines are made with 100% Fairtrade grapes – wines made for the emerging wine drinker with a social conscience.
A couple of months ago, the Divine team sat down with a few Divine Chocolate flavors and paired them with the Stonedance wines, their findings are a great guide for wine and chocolate pairing for this winter season.
The Pairing Guide
Each wine has 3 complimentary chocolate flavors, ranked from our most to least favorite. But honestly, we loved them all.
Stonedance Sauvignon Blanc
Flavor notes: Sour cherry and watermelon lingers on the tongue with this classic wine white.
Divine Chocolate Pairings:
1) Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Sea Salt: The acidity of this white wine balances out sweetness of our Milk Chocolate. The salt brings out the hidden bouquet flavor in the wine.
2) Ginger and Orange: Wine extenuates the tangy flavor of the ginger, making this pairing bright and inviting for wine drinkers of all kinds.
3) Dark Chocolate with Himalayan Pink Salt: This combination offers a more serious taste, as it deepens and strengthens the cocoa flavor.
Flavor notes: Plum, blackberry, and fig flavors settle in a peppery flavor on the tongue. This wine is savory and dry with a smoky aftertaste.
Divine Chocolate Pairings:
1) 70% Dark Chocolate: Flavor is elevated in this pair, boasting a lovely cinnamon flavor. The vanilla present in the chocolate is brought to the surface here, and reminds us of hot chocolate.
2) Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Sea Salt: This tasted like egg nog to us and had a sweet and rich finish. The flavors melt with the complexity of the wine, making this pair taste just like dessert.
3) Dark Chocolate with Raspberries: This pair provides a very complete feeling, and the flavors are similar and suitable for picky wine and chocolate eaters.
Stonedance Cabernet Sauvignon
Flavor notes: This wine is not quite as dry at the Shiraz, with an earthy flavor complete with the taste of mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes.
1) Dark Chocolate with Raspberry: This combination blends very well and is very smooth. We’d suggest this pairing after a heavy meal as a light dessert.
2) 85% Dark Chocolate: We were surprised by the very savory, meat-like taste of this pairing. We reminisced about a rich tomato sauce with ground beef as the wine and chocolate mixed together to form a savory and satisfying taste. We would suggest this pairing after a lighter meal.
3) 70% Dark Chocolate: This pairing is the basic wine and chocolate pairing, perfect for easy sampling with a friend or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
Divine Cholates are available for sale online at http://www.divinechocolate.com/us/