A necessary guide to pairing chocolate and wine

When it comes to pairing wine with food, 99 per cent of the population reaches for the cheese. While that’s great and all, it’s good to know your options—and fromage isn’t the only food that goes well with wine. As Red Norrie, founder of wine retailer Wine Bubble explains, chocolate and wine are a match made in heaven! Here, Norrie gives ELLE a few pointers on chocolate, wine and which variety goes with which.

Try a dessert wine

The trick is to make sure your wine is always sweeter than the chocolate. Using this logic, dessert wines always work with chocolate—or, any kind of sugar-y treat.

If you’re in a red wine kind of mood

Red wine


If you have your heart set on a glass of red, opt for a fruity variety. A Merlot is a good option or even a lesser-known drop of Zinfandel. (If you can find a bottle of Zinfandel, that is.)

As a rule, darker wines pair best with dark chocolate.

Or, if you’re set on white wine…

Again, opt for something on the sweeter end of the scale, like a Reisling, Chenin Blanc or even a Moscato.

Usually, white wines work well with milk or white chocolate.

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