Normally I always serve a signature cocktail at my parties, but in the case of a wine and chocolate tasting, no hard alcohol is necessary. Instead be sure to have several different types of wine to pair with each chocolate course. If you don't know a lot about wine ask your local wine shop owner to help you. Explain what you are making — chocolate and brie sandwiches and chocolate orange cake — and that you want some wines that will complement these treats.
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- Dark and bittersweet chocolates go best with stronger red wines. White chocolate pairs better with light reds and sweet whites.
- Choose a Port, Muscat, or Moscato. If you do select a Port pick a ruby or tawny one. Vintage ports taste better with cheese.
- Pinot Noir and Merlots work well with milk chocolate. Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon are nice with dark chocolate.
- Steer clear of dry wines that can create a sour flavor in the mouth when paired with chocolate.
- Remember wine tasting is a very personal thing. If you don't like the way it tastes, move on to the next bottle.
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