Wine and Chocolate Pairings
Chopped host Ted Allen plays matchmaker.
By Katie Arnold-Ratliff
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the February 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
They might seem like the ideal Valentine's Day couple, but wine and chocolate don't always click: A sweet bite of one can make a sip of the other taste bitter, and tannins in wine can drown out chocolate's nuances. With a little know-how, though, you can create a more perfect union, says Ted Allen, host of the Food Network's Chopped. Here, we asked Allen to play matchmaker.
Above: Inniskillin Vidal Icewine ($55) + Garrison Confections Stone Fruit Crumble Truffle ($12 for an assortment of six)
"A fruit-based chocolate makes a good match with a dessert wine. These truffles' pear, peach, and apricot flavors—with graham cracker crumble and enrobed in dark chocolate—enhance the wine's stone fruit and honey aromas."