Pairing chocolate with wine: the perfect fit

Whether you’re hosting your own wine tasting or having friends over for dinner, pairing chocolate with wine is a sure way to impress your guests. Plus, it saves you time from having to cook dessert!

But not all wine is a perfect fit for every kind of chocolate. Just as with meat (red for red and white for white), the darker the chocolate, the darker the wine. Show off your knowhow by pairing the right chocolate with the right wine using our guide below. Cheers!


Delysia Chocolatier coffee white chocolate barkWine pairings for white chocolate

Because white chocolate is so sweet, it pairs best with sweeter wines such as:

  • Sherry
  • Chardonnay
  • Rosé Port
  • Muscat
  • Ice Wine

Try it with Delysia’s coffee white chocolate bark!


Delysia Chocolatier milk chocolate truffle collectionWine pairings for milk chocolate

Milk chocolate has a milder taste similar to white wine, so it also pairs well with sweeter, lighter wines such as:

  • Merlot
  • Riesling
  • Muscat
  • Pinot Noir

Try it with Delysia’s lavender milk chocolate bark or milk chocolate truffle collection!


Delysia Chocolatier dark chocolate barkWine pairings for dark chocolate

The intensity of dark chocolate goes best with darker, more robust wines such as:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Zinfandel
  • Port
  • Chianti

Try it with Delysia’s dark chocolate truffle collection or dark chocolate bark!


More tips for pairing chocolate with wine

  1. If you’re offering multiple wines and chocolate as part of your tasting, following the golden rule of wine tasting – start with the lighter wine and chocolate before graduating to the darker ones.
  2. Generally, smoother wines with soft, rounded tannins bring out the taste of chocolate.
  3. The paired wine should be sweeter than the chocolate; otherwise, the wine can end up tasting bitter.
  4. Choose a quality wine and quality chocolate like Delysia.
  5. Taste and experiment to your heart’s desire before your party.

Looking for the best of both worlds? Offer variety with Delysia’s award-winning wine collection chocolate truffles that come infused with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Port.

Pairing chocolate with wine

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.