A Perfect Wine and Chocolate Pairing...Barrel-Aged Shiraz and Semi-Sweet Organic Chocolate!
Last night I tried some really interesting wine: Konzelmann Estate Winery 2010 Barrel Aged Shiraz from the Niagara Peninsula. It was oak barrel aged, spicy and peppery. I thought it might go well with a semi-sweet dark chocolate so I went to the cabinet and grabbed a Camino Dark 55% chocolate bar. I was right! They went perfectly together. The sweetness of the chocolate only complemented the wine, without modifying the flavour. It was a perfect pairing!
I moved on to an Equal Exchange Co-Op 55% Dark Chocolate with Almonds bar and it was also a fantastic pairing: the nuttiness combined with the spicy wine was an intriguing combination. If you cannot find this chocolate bar, Camino has a similar one (http://www.lasiembra.com/camino/en/chocolate-bars/almonds) - I believe it is the same 55% dark chocolate that I mentioned above, only with almonds in it.
So if you are looking to pair chocolate and wine, try a Barrel Aged Shiraz with notes of blackberry and spice with a 55% organic dark chocolate....with or without almonds!
Here is the package information from the chocolate that I tasted this week:
Camino Fair Trade, Organic Dark Chocolate, 55%, 100g