What do you need for pairing?Participants in our tastings already know this rule: the most important thing is water to neutralize ;-) . The basic equipment for your tasting is also:
- small pieces of your chosen chocolates
- White and red wine glasses (+ pouring glass if necessary)
- Glass of water + still water to neutralize
- if necessary, neutral white bread or cooked, unseasoned polenta
- Pen and piece of paper (for recording your observations)
- Decoration (e.g. a pretty cocoa fruit shell )
Good preparation is also important for a tasting with pairing
#1 Take a small sip of the wine and taste carefully. How does the wine taste? What do you notice? Do you like him? Rinse with water.
What is the best way to pair?
#2 First break off a small piece of chocolate (pay attention to the snap ;-) -you can find out why this is important here ) and try it. If it generally tastes good, then add a larger piece. Very important: do not chew or swallow, just let it melt slowly on your tongue and spread throughout your mouth. Keep the chocolate in your mouth, don't swallow it!
#3 Now take a larger sip of wine and combine the chocolate with the wine in your mouth and taste carefully. Only then swallow the newly won combination.
#4 The perfect match? Now that you have an idea of how well this combination fits together, you can repeat the whole thing or move on to the next potential pairing.
#5 If you move on to the next pairing, don't forget to rinse with a drink of water and/or have a piece of bread or polenta to neutralize.
By the way: You have discovered the 'perfect match' when it feels like a completely new, good taste experience. Ultimately, as always, the main thing is that you enjoy it. And another note on our own behalf: A good starting point for a great chocolate base for pairings are our curated chocolate boxes .
The “little black” among the pairings
Would you like to be on the safe side and not try so many different wines and chocolates right away? Then there is an easy way to get around this. Chocolate and sweet wines such as Gewürztraminer, port wines, ice wines or even a craft beer (especially porter, stout or something fruity) always go well with chocolate (actually). No matter whether white chocolate, milk chocolate , dark chocolate or even 100% chocolate.
There is only one important rule: the wine should be sweeter than the chocolate.
Would you like to find out more about pairings? Here we have summarized the 7 most persistent myths about wine and chocolate for you.