At Taylors Cellar Door, we offer an amazing chocolate and wine tasting experience. Wine and chocolate is not always easy to pair but when you get it right, it can be a match made in heaven. This wonderfully decadent experience is the ‘chocoholics’ dream tasting! A selection of four of our award winning wines are matched to individual tablets of Cuvée chocolate in this tasting flight. We definitely recommend trying this popular tasting experience next time you visit us in the Clare Valley. To tempt your taste buds in the meantime we’ve put together this guide to pairing chocolate and wine at home this Easter.
OUR GO-TO CHOCOLATE AND WINE DUOS
Generally as a rule Merlot and Shiraz are soft, lighter tannic wines so they’re a good match with milk chocolate which is less bitter. Cabernet on the other hand is a more tannic wine, so it matches very well with dark chocolate. Here are some of our favourite wine and chocolate pairings for the ultimate indulgence to try at home:
Wakefield Promised Land Pinot Grigio with White Chocolate
A light bodied wine with mouth-quenching citrus and juicy pear fruit flavours. The flavour of the white chocolate balances beautifully with the crisp fruity notes of the wine.
Wakefield Estate Merlot Paired with Toffee or Fruit & Nut Milk Chocolate
This wine has ripe berry, rich fruitcake flavours and soft, velvety tannins, while French and American oak notes add dark chocolate, coffee bean and vanilla characters that will match superbly with fruit, spice and toffee flavoured milk chocolates.
Wakefield Estate Shiraz with Orange Milk Chocolate
A soft and “fleshy” shiraz, this wine has a lively taste of juicy red berry fruits, plum and spice, along with subtle chocolate and savoury characters from maturing in oak, all of which are heaven when combined with orange flavoured milk chocolates.
Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz with Coffee Milk Chocolate
A rich, full-bodied wine, this shiraz has intense flavours of ripe red berry fruit, violets and attractive oak characters of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate, which are heaven for the tastebuds when paired with coffee flavoured milk chocolates.
Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon with Mint Dark Chocolate
This velvety cabernet has aromas of dark cherry and mint, plus intense flavours of cassis and blackberry fruit along with attractive oak characters of cigar box and tobacco leaf. Dark chocolates with mint flavours will bring out the mint aspect of the wine while complementing the dark fruits and tobacco leaf flavours.