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Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Posted in: guilty pleasures, Holidays, Wine Pairing, Wine Recommendations

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner

Double up on the anti-oxidant factors in wine and chocolate for an indulgent pairing!

  • This is a great time to pull out your fortified wines!  Ruby Port and Pedro Ximenez Sherry pair beautifully with chocolate!cooper-vineyards-noche-chocolate-wine
  • Champagne + milk chocolate covered strawberries is another classic pairing.  Try a rosé sparkling wine to bring out the red berry flavors!
  • Lambrusco, the slightly effervescent sweet red wine from Italy, is another great option.
  • If you want to drink local and knock out 2 birds with one stone, try Cooper Vineyard’s Noche Chocolate Wine.  This Norton dessert wine infused with chocolate is like a chocolate dessert in a wine glass!
  • If you prefer to stick to dry red wines, a fruit forward Syrah or Zinfandel is the way to go!
  • Finally, if beer is more your style, try “The Fix” at Bluejacket, a DC microbrewery.

If you’re still unsure, there are a ton of FREE Valentine’s day wine tastings this weekend around the District!

Paul’s Wine and Spirits will be hosting a sparkling wine & chocolate tasting this evening in Friendship Heights from 5:30-8:00 PM, featuring 12 different wines!

Wagshal’s will be pairing Austrian wines with Godiva Chocolate from 5-7 PM.

There is a Valentine’s Day Showcase at Chat’s Liquors on Saturday 3-6 PM. Be sure to say hi to my former colleague, Jody!

Check back early next week for some great wine events over Valentine’s Day weekend and an exciting giveaway!



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