Thursday, November 8, 2012
Lindt Excellence Chocolate and Wine Pairing
Lindt recently invited Kitchen Delights to a Chocolate and Wine pairing event, which they were hosting at Chocolate Unwrapped in London, to celebrate National Chocolate Week. Lindt Master Chocolatier, Stefan Bruderer and Master of Wine, Sarah Jane Evans held an in-depth chocolate and wine pairing event.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the event but they have kindly sent me a fabulous mini chocolate and wine pairing pack which was made up specially for Chocolate Week.
The pack contains a Chocolate and Wine tasting guide and:
2 x Excellence dark 70% Cocoa
2 x Excellence dark 85% Cocoa
2 x Excellence dark Orange Intense
2 x Excellence dark Sea Salt
2 x Excellence dark Mint Intense
2 x Excellence Extra Creamy Milk
1 x Cool Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
1 x Jacobs Creek Shiraz Cabernet
Hubby, who has neither experience or knowledge regarding chocolate and wine pairing (but does enjoy both chocolate and wine) was assigned the task. His first pairing was Sauvignon Blanc and Dark Mint Intense. Individually, he enjoyed both the chocolate and wine, but somehow seemed to miss the point regarding the pairing. This is obviously a new flavour experience he needs to work on.
He read the tasting notes again, which fully explain how to enjoy the pairings, with this knowledge he was now able to appreciate the next pairing.
A Shiraz Cabernet and 85% dark Cocoa chocolate are the pairing this time, and he thought the complexity of flavours in both the chocolate and a full bodied wine are the perfect match.
We both enjoyed the mini chocolates - as soon as you remove the wrapper you are in chocolate heaven. I couldn't choose a favourite chocolate from the above list, but Dark Sea Salt is one we hadn't tried before and is definitely a taste sensation.
Thank you to Sandra and Lindt for the Chocolate and Wine Tasting Pack.