Of all the weeks to indulge in wine and chocolate, dear friends, this is the most perfect one. But do we grab random bottles and heart-shaped boxes for Valentine's Day? Of course not. On this day, we ask the experts at Colonial Wine & Spirits for advice on finding choco-wino soulmates.

 

If you're not sure where to start, here's a good rule of thumb: 

Try to match lighter, more elegant flavored chocolates with lighter-bodied wines. Likewise, the stronger the chocolate, the more full-bodied the wine should be.

 

If you prefer milk chocolate:

Six grapes is a classic pairing with milk chocolate candy bites and desserts, but pinot noir and lighter bodied merlot work just as well. For another delicious option, try it with a slightly sweet sparkling wine like the Veuve Cliquot Demi Sec.

Try these:

  • Rodney Strong Merlot
  • Pol Roger Brut
  • Grahams Six Grapes Port
  • Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

 

If you prefer dark chocolate:

Dark chocolates are robust and demand a wine pairing just as bold, and cabernet sauvignon is perfect. With its own notes of chocolate, you can’t go wrong. A bold, slightly spicy, rich zin makes a decadent pairing, and a tawny port, with its nutty vanilla notes, matches beautifully. Mary the opposite flavor profiles of dark chocolates and rich chocolate desserts with the delicate sweetness of a sparkling wine like Gougenheim Sparkling Malbec.

Try these:

  • Gougenheim Sparkling Malbec Rose N/V
  • Round Pond Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin
  • Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Port

 

If you prefer white chocolate:

With decadent notes that are creamy, rich and buttery, white chocolate does well with a spritzy moscato, mouth-filling muscat or rich sherry. For contrasting flavors, they recommend a hearty red zinfandel.

Try these:

  • Nivole Moscato
  • St Francis Old Vine Zinfandel
  • Le Tertre du Lys d'Or Sauternes
  • Osborne Pedro Ximenez Sherry

 

To lean more about the pairing process, including how to host your own tasting, head to the Colonial Wine & Spirits website.