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Wine and Chocolate Pairing Party Tips

Indulge your taste buds while catching up with your besties with a wine and chocolate pairing party. Here's how to throw this fabulous shindig.

I wanted to plan a fun girls night with my friends, but I wanted to do something more original. We've always been big on wine and what girl doesn't like chocolate, so I thought it would be fun to bring the two together and host a wine and chocolate pairing party. Not only could we booze up over girl talk, but we could learn how different types of chocolate pair with light bodied wines versus full bodied wines.

How to Host a Wine and Chocolate Party

To plan your party, you will need four different bottles of wine and four different kinds of chocolate. Make sure you have four glasses of wine for each one of your girl friends. It's also good to have glasses of water handy if anyone wants to cleanse their palate between tastings.

Start with one bottle of wine first and fill up each glass. Let each guest take a sip of wine ask them to let it sit in their mouths for a few seconds. Then take a bite of the chocolate paired with your first wine and let it sit for a bit as well. Follow with a second sip of wine and swirl it in your mouth to really taste the flavor pairings.

Continue on for all four different types of wine or until you are too drunk to lead the pairing any longer. We know it can be hard to just take a few sips of wine!

Flavor Pairings

Below you will find a great list of wine and chocolate pairings. Take a look at the list and see which wines your friends will love most, then pair it with a chocolate that works best with its flavors.

Robust Dark Chocolate - Fruity red wines with low tannins are best.

Pinot Noir





Ruby Port

Vintage Port

Flavor pairings for robust dark chocolate include tropical fruits, berries, citrus, coffee, teas, spices, herbs and floral.

Fragrant Dark Chocolates - Light bodied fruity reds and fruity white wines pair best


Pinot Noir


White Zinfandel

Sauvignon Blanc

Chinin Blanc


Flavor pairings for fragrant dark chocolates include dried fruits, cherries, stone fruits, hazelnuts, pistachios, caramel, honey, vanilla and teas.

White Chocolate - Sweet dessert wines pair best

Tawny Port

Sparkling Wine


Late Harvest Wines


Vin Santo

Flavor pairings for white chocolate include tropical fruits, citrus, berries, coffee, floral, spices and nuts.

Milk Chocolate - White wines and sweet dessert wines pair best

White Zinfandel


Dry Chardonnay




Late Harvest Wines

Flavor pairings for milk chocolate include caramel, cinnamon, coconut, citrus, peanuts and hazelnuts.

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