Three wine and chocolate pairings to try this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day upon us, there are endless date night ideas to celebrate this romantic holiday. However, there’s something special about staying in with your loved one and simply enjoying each others’ presence. So this year, we’re planning for a cozy night in with our loved ones to relax and enjoy some of Nova Scotia’s finest delicacies; chocolate and wine!

We sat down with our sommelier in training, Deborah Xidos, to find out what wine pairs best with different types of chocolate, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

A rule of thumb to keep in mind when pairing these two items is to pair lighter-coloured chocolate with lighter-coloured wine. The same goes for dark chocolate, respectively. Keeping this is mind while shopping for your pairings will have your taste buds falling in love with these devine flavours.

A sweet experience

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If you’re a white chocolate lover, this one’s for you. Think light-bodied wines, such as Riesling, Pinot Noir or Muscat, to name a few. We have selected Grand Pré Riesling paired with Newfoundland Chocolate Company’s white chocolate bar. Grand Pré’s Riesling features notes of lime, orange, and pear. These flavours best complement white chocolate because of the acidity and sweetness of the fruits.

Adding a twist to the classics

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Similar to white chocolate, milk chocolate pairs best with sweet and lighter-bodied wines. Look for a Champagne or a young Port as your wine of choice. We recommend Planters Ridge Elevation with a box of milk chocolates from Peace by Chocolate. This sparkling wine highlights floral, grapefruit, and lemon flavours, creating a match made in heaven for milk chocolate. If you like refreshing hints of citrus and creamy smooth chocolate, these treats are for you.

A taste of silky smooth

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Moving onto dark chocolate, this delightful cocoa calls for heavy-bodied wine with bold flavours. Think Merlot, Shiraz, or Baco Noir. Pairing Blomidon Baco Noir and a heart-shaped box of decadent chocolates from Rousseau Chocolatier is a must. The flavours in Blomidon’s bottle of Baco Noir of black cherry, blueberry, and smoky hints are a delicious experience alone. This pairing thrives in rich flavours and seamlessly smooth textures.

These wine and chocolate pairings are the perfect way to woo your Valentine. From the rich, artisanal chocolates to the timeless, Nova Scotian wines, this is a must-try treat for an evening in, creating a unique experience while sampling local products. You can even add in local cheeses or roasted nuts, adding in more textures and flavours that complement the chocolates and wine. Enjoy spending the evening falling in love with a little taste of Nova Scotia.