About Me

Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Matching Wine with Chocolate:

When pairng a wine with chocolate - the wine should be at least as sweet, if not a touch sweeter, than the chocolate / dessert you are serving it with. Otherwise, the taste may quickly turn towards sour.
Just as you do with other cuisine - match lighter, more elegant flavoured chocolates with lighter-bodied wines; likewise, the stronger, more intense, bitter the chocolate, the more full-bodied the wine should be. For example, a bittersweet chocolate tends to pair well with an intense, full-flavoured Amarone or a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.
White Chocolate Wine Suggestions:
White chocolate tends to be more mellow and buttery in flavour, making it an ideal candidate for a Moscato D’Asti, from Italy’s Piedmont region offers a hint of carbonation, or an Orange Muscat. The Moscato D’Asti will pick up the creaminess of the chocolate and the Orange Muscat will pick up any fruit tones present.
Milk Chocolate Wine Suggestions:
Pinot Noir or a lighter-bodied Merlot will complement softer, milk chocolates, a creamy chocolate mousse or chocolate accented cheesecake. Plus a light Tawny Port serve slightly chilled will pair well to mild milk chocolates.
Dark Chocolate Wine Suggestions:
Dark or bittersweet chocolates need a wine that offers a roasted, slightly bitter flavour itself, with perhaps a hint of its own chocolate notes. Amarone and quality Ports have a history of perfecting the dark chocolate match, resulting in an unparalleled tasting combination.

The following matches are only suggestions, guidelines and starting points - enjoy the journey.










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