Whether you like to sip then sample, or sample then sip, there’s nothing quite as indulgent as pairing decadent chocolate with its best-suited alcohol.
Forget Willy Wonka and imagine an adults-only chocolate factory, where your favourite tipples are paired with the best chocolate there is to offer – a world that was once ‘of pure imagination’ can now be a reality. To tipple things up this Easter 2020, we’ve found five of the best drops to pair with Australia’s renowned chocolatier, Koko Black. So sit back and relax as we’re going to take you on a journey like no other.
Grant Burge Pinot Noir Chardonnay Sparkling Rosé
Chocolate Pairing: Citrus-infused White Chocolate
The Grant Burge Pinot Noir Chardonnay Rosé pairs beautifully with citrus-infused white chocolate. This Grant Burge drop is rich and generous on the palate with a decadently creamy mouth-feel that’s balanced evenly with a crisp acidity and vibrant fruit flavours. When paired with a zesty white chocolate, these fruity notes are accentuated and the sparkling component of the wine acts as the perfect bubbly compliment, reminding us that this chocolate and wine combo is definitely worth celebrating this Easter.
Hardys HRB Pinot Noir 2018
Chocolate Pairing: Milk Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel
As milk chocolate is usually sweet and creamy in structure, it often requires a light to medium-bodied wine with a ripe fruit character to create the ultimate pairing. Hardys HRB Pinot Noir is a great option given it is juicy and full of ripe berries on the palate, has fine tannins, and a subtle oak finish. When paired with a salted caramel milk chocolate, all the flavours combine to create a balance of creamy texture meets poised acidity.
Petaluma White Label Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
Chocolate Pairing: Dark Chocolate with Raspberries
When searching for a wine to pair with a rich, decadent dark chocolate, look no further than the Petaluma White Label Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon. This medium bodied, elegant, dry red wine displays hints of mint, black berry fruit and cassis with supple tannins on the palate. These abundant berry essences are what pair so well with dark, rich chocolates. As raspberry or other berry flavours are also introduced, it makes for a deliciously indulgent wine and chocolate pairing.
Starward NOVA Single Malt Australian Whisky
Chocolate Pairing: Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa
Starward’s NOVA is an award-winning single malt Australian whisky that’s distinctly delicious and full of flavour. It’s smooth yet complex and works exceptionally well when paired with food. Whilst delectable on its own, chocolate is NOVA’s perfect companion, in particular a full-bodied dark chocolate with 70% cocoa. The sweet and bitter flavours contrasted within this chocolate compliment Starward NOVA brilliantly, evoking a superior taste experience.
Yarra Burn Vintage King Valley Prosecco
Chocolate Pairing: Milk Chocolate Almond
Crafted with grapes from the King Valley, this Yarra Burn Prosecco has a vibrant and refreshing palate with enticing pear, peach skin and pistachio flavours. The Yarra Burn Vintage King Valley Prosecco pairs beautifully with almonds and when combined with the creamy rich texture of milk chocolate, the nutty flavours within the wine are highlighted, creating an indulgent match.