Chocolate and Wine, some would say, is a match made in heaven. Indeed, ever since the first grape was pipcked and the first cocoa bean harvested, chocolate and wine have been two of the most historically revered tastes on the planet.
The art of pairing the two into one equisite experience, however, is much more complex than one would think! To explore the decadently sweet and savoury art of chocolate and wine pairing, premium Japanese chocolatier ROYCE partnered up with Nam Lee Cheong Wine Shop and Ben’s Independent Grocer to embark on joyful gourmet journey, pairing different dark and milk chocolate varieties with carefully selected wines.
Ben’s Independent Grocer, Publika is proud to host this fine event at thr Royce outlet here. Chocolate connoisseurs and wine aficionados were guided by Mr Leong Keng Mun, Managing Director of Nama Lee Cheong, as to how to expertly pair chocolate with wine, creating new and unique tastes which delight the senses.
“Some says pairing wine with chocolate cannot be done, but if you experiment and take a bit of time to find the right wine to complement the chocolate, the rewards will be well worth it” shared Keng.
“When pairing wine with chocolate, you will need to keep the wine sweeter than the chocolate or a lighter chocolate with light-bodied wine to give you a smooth and full experience in ech pairing.”
A selection of fine Australian and Chilean wined were carefully selected to accompany six different grades of milk and dark chocolate offered by ROYCE. Starting with the milk chocolate varieties, containing lower cocoa percentages and their corresponding wines lead through the darker chocolates, which accordingly, had higher levels of cocoa content and richer accompanying wines.
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFULLY PAIRING WINE WITH CHOCOLATE
Smell Wine . . . .
Twirl the wine in a glass and breath in all of the aromas in a long, smooth whiff.
Smell Chocolate . . .
Lightly rub the chocolate’s exterior, place towards the nose and smell the chocolate to stimulate your senses.
Taste Chocolate . . .
Take a small bite and rest the tongue for 10-15 seconds. Notice how different aspects of the chocolate’s composition melt at different times and your senses hightlight multiple flavours throughout the experience.
Taste Wine . . .
Take a sip wine and sense the balance and complexity of the chocolate and wine on your palette. Start to move the chocolate around your mouth and lightly bite.
R Chocolate Milk Cocoa is a creamy milk chocolate filled with cookie crunch and milk cocoa creamwhich highlights the flavour of cocoa powder.
Warburn Estate Gossips Sweet Lip Moscato – Colour is pale gold with green tinge. In the nose there is the scents of perfumed rose petal and hints of musk. A full luscious wine with a good balance of sweetness and acidity. Hints of fig in your middle palate. Finishing with a touch of apricot on the end of the palate.
In the Pallate – The combination enhances the body in the mouth by bringing up the flavours of ripe jammy fruits.
Finishing – The finishes enhances the characteristicd of figs aromas and brings out ripe fuit in the pallate.
Bar Chocolate Creamy Milk is a milk chocolate that is abundant with the full richness and creamy flavour of locally drawn Hokkaido milk. Extra creamy milk is added to fragrant milk chocolate which results in a mild gentle flavour which permeates in the mouth and lingers on.
Warburn Estate Rumours Pink Moscato is a vivid rose pink in colour and in the nose scents of freshly harvested strawberries. Hints of cherry with flavours of dtrawberry in the palatte and finishing with light spritz.
In the Plate – Brings out candy flavours with balanced sweetness with acidity in the palates.
Finishing – Slowly yields light tannins in the mouth from ripe fruits for a gentle finish.
Nama Chocolate Mild Cocoa whereby no liquer is added. The Taste of cocoa remains conspicious and this allows for an exquisite balance in the chocolate’s overall flavour indeed, its essence of cocoa, subtly present here that lands this Nama Chocolate its very name and expression.
Montes Late Harvest is a blend of 50% Gewurztraminer and 50% of Reisling. The first conveys apricot and honey flavours, finely combined with the typical mould of botrytis, the second gives the structure, freshness and typical mineral hints. The taste is creamy and full bodied with a good balance of sugar, rounded by the acidity of Reisling.
In the Plate – The cocoa from the chocolate intensifies on your palate with the wine. Its cocoa flavours enchanced giving a bite.
Finishing – It finishes strong with an enchanced flavour of dry mandarin orange peel. This gives a strong but sweet bitterness in the palate.
Bar Chocolate Black is a light-hearted chocolate that celebrates the bitter-factor brought about by cocoa as its key ingredient. Bothe bitter and sweet flavours balance each other perfectly. Resultinh in an invigoratingly sour taste that permeates the mouth with each bite.
In the Palate – From the start, the pairing brings up the honey flavour in the wine, coupled with an enhanced cocoa flavour.
Finishing – This finishes long with a medley of chocolate and mable syrup. This leaves the palate with a smokey toast at the end.
Pure Chocolate Extra Bitter has a beautiful facade, weight, shape – everything is calculated to enhance the fine texture of these round discs bursting with pure chocolate flavour. The natural bitterness, due to high level of cocoa composition, 90% found in Extra Bitter allows the cocoa’s sour flavour to be diffused as an extra bitter taste.
In Pure Chocolate Mild Bitter everything is calculated to enhance the fine texture of these round disc bursting with pure chocolate flavour. The natural bitterness due to high level of cocoa compostion, 80% found in Mild Bitter.
In the Palate – The sweetness in the chocolate blend shamoniously with the sweetness of the wine. This medley enhances the tannis of the wine.
Finishing – This pouring finishes with a pleasant flavour of Lychee in your palate.
Nam Lee Cheong Wine Shop ventured into the wine trade and began importing international wines in the mid-nineties with 12 agencies around the world from countries such as Australia, Italy, Argentina, Chiles, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa, China and France.
Constantly looking to provide the best for their customer, Nam Lee Cheong has since ventured into the virtual realm to make wine shopping even more convinient. Wineshop.com.my is malaysia’s premier online wine shop, offering a wide range of the affordable best wines in Malaysia, as well as a comrehensive range of services that caters to any and all wine needs. www.wineshop.com.my