Friday, October 23, 2009

Chocolate and Wine Pairing for an Adult Halloween Party

Sample the following wines and desserts together to see which match works best for your Halloween party!

Try these wines:

Moscato d'Asti
Brachetto
Riesling Late Harvest wine
Ruby Port
Banyuls

The pairing OPTIONS are:

Fresh berries and cream with Moscato d'Asti
Pineapple dessert with Moscato d'Asti and Riesling dessert wine
Apple-Citrus Custard Tart with Late Harvest Riesling Dessert Wine
Fresh Cherry Tart with Brachetto, Banyuls, and Ruby Port
Cheesecake with Banyuls
Chocolate cake with Brachetto, Ruby Port and Banyuls
Dark chocolate with Brachetto, Ruby Port and Banyuls

The Beni di Batasiolo Moscato d'Asti was especially full bodied and unctuous for a slightly sparkling wine and could be a good selection to please someone who thinks sparkling wine is far too dry for their tastes. It was a good pairing with the pineapple part of the dessert but too acidic when paired with the cake alone. It was a good match for the berries and cream, but tasted bitter when paired with the citrus custard tart.

My favorite wine of the night, the Marenco 2007 Pineto Brachetto d'Acqui Piedmont was an excellent match with dark chocolate and a good match with fresh cherry tart. It paired well with chocolate cake, even with the white frosting.

The Ey Banyuls was a good pairing with both the chocolate cheesecake and regular cheesecake. It was not a good match with the tart cherry pie and the chocolate cake tasted too dry when paired with the Banyuls. The wine overpowered the dark chocolate.

The Ruby Port was a good match with the dark chocolate as well as chocolate oreo-type crust on the cheesecake. It matched well with the cherry tart.

A glass of Royal Tokaji paired well with the cheesecake and the chocolate cake.


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2 comments:

Kevin - Atlanta Wine Guy said...

I love Brachetto d'Acqui with dark chocolate, easily one of the finest dessert and wine pairings you can make. The raspberry taste profile of the Brachetto always makes the dark chocolate flavors really pop.

I'm also glad to see the mention of Royal Tokaji, since even wine geeks are even ignorant of the great dessert wines of Hungary. I love them with blue cheese or, on their own.

Bier und Wein Feinschmeker said...

We really have to agree with your pairing of Chocolate cake with a nice port. It will really add a nice rounding finish to your meal and satisfy all dinier guests!


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