Wine Finds: Chocolate and wine for your Valentine

Feb 10, 2021

Gail Appleson | Saint Louis Post - Dispatch

Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to experiment with wine and chocolate pairings. Try matching lighter, sweeter chocolates with lighter, sweeter wines and stronger, darker chocolates with more intense, full-bodied reds. If you like white chocolate, consider an ice wine, Moscato or riesling, but if you’re a deep, dark chocolate fan, look for bold zinfandel, syrah/shiraz or cabernet sauvignon. The following are examples of a Missouri ice wine and California zinfandel that would go well with white and dark chocolate respectively.

Cline Family Cellars 2018 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California

Bought • Dierbergs, 8450 Eager Road, in January for $11.99

Description • There’s good reason why Wine Enthusiast considers this zinfandel a best buy. It’s a full-bodied red that’s packed with rich, juicy black cherry, strawberry and plum flavors. Aged in oak for 10 months, it has notes of cinnamon spice, chocolate and vanilla. Although it has a high-level of alcohol, 14.5%, it’s a beautifully balanced wine that’s big but not overpowering. This is a smooth wine with just the right amount of tannins. While it’s yummy with dark chocolate, it would also go well with barbecue sauce and burgers.