Chocolate and Red Wine Pairings to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
What sounds more delightful for Valentine’s Day than chocolate and red wine? These two treats are often associated with the day of love. And they also go together so well! The rich taste of dark chocolate followed by a sip of robust red wine sounds perfect alongside a romantic dinner. And even if you won’t be celebrating with romance, why not enjoy a chocolate and red wine pairing anyway?! The duo is delicious and a unique treat to try every once in a while.
Valentine’s Day With Your Partner, Friends, or Family
Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate with loved ones in so many ways. From dinners, to sweet treats like chocolate, and special drinks, it’s fun to get creative! This year, try something maybe new like homemade dinner and some chocolate and red wine pairings to finish off the evening. The pair is so tasty and even reminiscent of the romantic classic of chocolate covered strawberries.
For a guide on how to make the ultimate homemade Valentine’s Day Dinner, check out last year’s blog about crafting a dinner for two. Or, show your appreciation for family or friends with a group dinner or night out! There are so many things to do to enjoy time spent with others for the special holiday. Browse this list for a few more ideas, like a wine and paint night or movie marathon.
For a complete meal at home, Tacoma Boys also has a few recipes to inspire you, all of which are quick and easy too! Start the night with a Roasted Grape, Burrata, & Crostini Appetizer. For the main, whip up a batch of Dairy Free Penne Alla Vodka and The Best Go-To Side Salad. Finish off the night with Tacoma Boys’ recipe for Red Velvet Hot Chocolate, or treat yourself and your loved ones to an array of chocolate and red wine pairings!
Chocolate and Red Wine Pairings
When it comes to chocolate and red wine pairings, it’s hard to go wrong. Most chocolate arguably pairs well with most red wine. Especially when we’re talking about red wine and dark chocolate. Chocolate and red wine pairings work well because they both tend to be intense and bitter, yet velvety and sweet. Try to aim for a sweet spot between dry wine and sweet chocolate (or sweet wine and bitter chocolate). Or if you’re more of a fan of sweet white wine, try it with white chocolate, which tends to be sweeter.
Medium sweet red wines like a malbec or a zinfandel go well with rich, bitter dark chocolate. Same goes for juicy, dryer wines like merlot. A pair like this might even make your mouth water just thinking about it! Taza Seriously Dark Chocolate would taste nice alongside one of these red wines offered at Tacoma Boys:
- Two Vintners 2016 Zinfandel
- Tamarack Cellars 2016 Columbia Valley Merlot
Try a dryer wine like a pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon with milk chocolate. For example, pair MilkBoy Swiss Chocolate with one of these red wines:
- La Riojana Cabernet Sauvignon (made with organic grapes)
- Tamarack Cellars 2016 Columbia Valley Merlot
- Kerloo 2018 Black Rock Vineyard Syrah (Yakima Valley)
Try flavored chocolate like Hammonds Red Velvet Cake Chocolate with flavored or unique wines infused with other fruits, like Pasek Cranberry Wine.
Valentine’s Day Treats
Enjoying various Valentine’s day treats is usually a no-brainer to mark the holiday. Kids parties and Valentine’s Day cards easily involve fun treats like candy and seasonal food to have fun with. And there’s no reason not to do the same with Valentine’s Day treats like chocolate, red wine, and more!
The options are just about endless when it comes to creative treats to enjoy for the holiday. Check out this list for some inspiration. Or try this recipe for red wine chocolate truffles by Sugar and Charm— The lovely duo is combined for a velvety smooth and rich dessert to munch on after dinner.
And prepare for the holiday with a variety of wine from Tacoma Boys to pair with your favorite Valentine’s Day treats! You’ll find a vast selection of numerous red, white, and rose wines to choose from at Tacoma Boys. This includes sparkling wine and dessert wine, too.
If you’re looking for some local wines to enjoy on Valentine’s Day, try one of these red blends from the Columbia Valley:
- Betz The Untold Story 2017 Red Wine
- El Jefe 2016 Stoneridge Vineyard
- Nine Hats 2018 Red Wine
In addition to a wonderful assortment of wines to sip on, Tacoma Boys has everything else you need to craft a lovely Valentine’s Day celebration— Including fresh ingredients for dinner, local roses, flowers, specialty chocolate and more! To stay up to date on insider deals and specials, sign up for Tacoma Boys’ text list. Just text (253) 246-1661 to tell Paul you want to be on the list!