Which came first, the chocolate or the wine? If you're anything like us, your history with both gastronomical pleasures simply goes back too far to remember. Wine and chocolate are hands down two of the greatest pleasures in life; when paired together properly, the experience can be out of this world. Though when paired improperly, the combination will taste like a mismatched, bitter car crash in your mouth. Chocolate and wine have extremely intense flavor profiles, both of which want to dominate your palate. When pairing the two together, it's necessary to keep both components in check (or to keep your wine just a little bit sweeter!) Follow the simple guide below for the next time the craving for something sweet strikes-- because wine makes everything, even chocolate, just a little bit bitter.
As with learning about wine, learning about pairing works the same way; you can read about it all you want, but the best thing to do is taste, taste, and taste some more. Get a group of chocolate & wine loving friends together (which shouldn't be too hard) and experiment together. Assign each person a different type of wine to bring, as well as a dessert or chocolate of their choice, and see for yourself which pairings work best for you.
Considering that there are significantly fewer types of sweet wine than dry out in the world, and that all of your pairings will want a wine sweeter than the treat, many of the bottles will work repeatedly well with various desserts. As with anything, wine and chocolate pairing is totally subjective-- and finding out what works for you is definitely the best part.