The Ultimate Easter Duo: Wine & Chocolate
Here’s to the ultimate grown-up Easter treat. Better still, Wade Bales has picked out the best wine and chocolate pairings so you don’t have to hunt for them.
Although both are adored by legions of fans, chocolate and wine were never an obvious match. Yet when paired together well, these opposites not only attract, but reveal a depth and dimension in each other that’s really worth toasting to!
In honour of the Easter weekend fast approaching, here are some of my favourite chocolate and wine pairings…
The Waterford Wine and Chocolate Experience
Created by Waterford’s acclaimed winemaker Kevin Arnold and Richard von Geusau of Von Geusau Chocolates, each chocolate has been specifically crafted to perfectly complement the Waterford wines, highlighting subtle aromas and flavours. Cost: R65 pp. Tastings are available Monday to Saturday. Pre-booking is essential for groups over 6 persons. Visit www.waterfordwines.co.za
From a rich Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 paired with artisanal Cigar Plum chocolate to a Honey Liqueur with Dark Mint Chocolate, this 4-part pairing is as well-appointed as Lourensford’s landscaped gardens. Cost: R45 pp. Tastings are available 7 days a week. Pre-booking is essential for groups over 4 persons. Visit www.lourensford.co.za
Having paired five of its premium wines with five bespoke chocolates, this is a treat the whole family will enjoy – with a junior pairing of three chocolates served with red Grapetizer on offer too! Visit www.lanzerac.co.za.
Groot Constantia’s own range of artisanal chocolates have been created to embody and pair beautifully with the estate’s world famous wines. R140 pp, five wines pair with 5 chocolates. Visit www.grootconstantia.co.za.
An even closer kind of pairing…
Alexander Avery Fine Chocolates (currently situated on Constantia Uitsig Estate) has a range of decadent chocolates that combine the ultimate tipples with the very best Valrhona chocolate. From Cognac and dark choc ganache to gin and juniper, from rum and banana-infused chocolate to whisky and smoked butter ganache – there’s a cocktail of surprises to intrigue any palate. Visit www.alexanderavery.co.za.
Looking for something a little closer to home?
You needn’t travel far to find the right wines for your Easter table. Here are my top choices to enjoy over a decadent lunch shared with loved ones…
Survivor Wild Yeast Syrah 2017
Survivor, the free spirited Swartland wine range, has triumphed again with this full-bodied red. Enjoy beside any dark meats, and if paired with chocolate, I’d recommend a dark variety with a hint of mint to bring out the wine’s herbaceous nose.
Constitution Road Chardonnay 2016
Continuing a proud tradition, the Constitution Road wines of Robertson continue to impress with their new vintage Chardonnay 2016 being no exception. This wine would pair beautifully beside a roast chicken or grilled fish dish. Or if you’re looking for a sweeter companion, try a good quality nutty milk chocolate.
Allèe Bleue Black Series Old Vine Pinotage 2017
Made from the Piekenierskloof’s un-grafted bush vine Pinotage, this ultra-premium single-cultivar release is worthy of a very special occasion. The perfect accompaniment to slow-roasted lamb and all the trimmings, save a little for later and try beside a dark chocolate and orange treat.
Written by Wade Bales, this article first appeared on Wanted Online