One of the best pairings with wine besides cheese, is chocolate. Chocolate is so delicious, versatile and pairs perfectly with wine. Like pairing foods with wines, chocolates must be paired with wines most importantly by the compatibility of the body of the wine and the richness of the chocolate.
Full bodied red wines which are on the fruitier side are a great match for dark chocolates or bittersweet chocolate. The stronger fruitier notes will create a delicate balance when with the more bitter and fruity tastes of the dark chocolate. Some good matches with dark chocolates are wines such as Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cognac, Merlot, and Port.
Banyuls wine is a wine with cocoa and berry in the nose of the wine, which makes it a classic companion to semisweet chocolate. A classic dessert wine to drink with chocolate is Orange Muscat which, being sweet and fruity, pairs wonderfully with chocolate. A great chocolate to pair with Orange Muscat would be a dark chocolate with orange truffle. All Muscat wine is great to drink with chocolate, and especially chocolates with raspberry truffle and other types of fruit fillings. Muscat wine would also be a great wine to drink with chocolate covered fruits and chocolate covered strawberries.
Milk chocolate is sweeter than dark and bittersweet chocolates. Because the chocolate contains more sugar, the wine being paired with milk chocolate must also be sweeter because the sweet milk chocolate may cause a less sweet wine to taste very tart. When pairing wine with chocolate, the goal is to create a nice balance of flavors and intensities. Choose a sweet wine with milk chocolate so the balance of flavors on the tongue is harmonious and not a harsh contrast. Again, the Muscat wine is a good match for milk chocolate, especially in the sweeter flavors of apricot and peach. Tawny Port is also a good match with milk chocolate because the nuttier flavor of Tawny Port paired with the nutty flavors in milk chocolate enriches the entire taste experience.
For fans of white chocolate, a great match would be a Riesling wine which is sweet and highlights the vanilla tastes of white chocolate. Also, the Muscat dessert wine which pairs so well with almost every type of chocolate is also a great choice for pairing with white chocolate. Because Muscat enhances fruity flavors, a great dessert and wine pairing would be Muscat paired with strawberries dipped in white chocolate.