In terms of things that just go together, wine and chocolate are one of the most luxe and absolutely lovely pairings out there, due largely to the enormous variation in both of these indulgences. Wine and chocolate both play with this concept of “bittersweet,” wrapping a thousand flavors into a single bit or sip.
From our tasting rooms to beautiful outdoor experiences, we firmly believe that indulgence is deserved, whether it be in nature, wine, chocolate or all of the above. In homage to our favorite sippables and sweets, we’ve paired wine with some simple and delicious chocolate truffle recipes for a perfectly wonderful way to end the day.
Pinot Noir and Sour Cherry Truffles
For the purists, the cherry truffle and chocolate covered cherry might be the pinnacle of confection. Rich, sweet, with a hint of tartness, these little guys are wonderful accompaniments to virtually any type of wine. For this recipe from The Picket Fence, which accentuates the tartness and sweetness of the cherry, we’re pairing a wet pinot noir with notes of black cherry, vanilla and clove. My favorite part? The addition of just a hint of brandy to make the truffles extra rich. It’s a classic pairing that’s sure to satisfy the wine and chocolate lover.
Rosé and Straight-Up Chocolate Truffles
If you didn’t get our memo, rosé is the hottest thing around right now. Grab a bottle (preferably sparkling) and make these chocolate truffles from The Minimalist Baker, stat. Soft, chewy and sinful, finished with a light dusting of cocoa powder, these basic beauties are the perfect complement to a dry rosé chilled and served in a champagne flute. This recipe is almost as easy as popping a cork, and it will have you feeling like you’re in the lap of luxury right in your own living room.
Pinot Gris and Dark Chocolate Key Lime Truffles
White wine and chocolate may feel a bit taboo. After all, the clean flavors of a crisp pinot gris or pinot grigio coupled with the decadence of chocolate isn’t the most obvious pairing. But the great thing about truffles is the ability to contrast the chocolate shell with a light, fresh filling. Melding effortlessly with the sweetness of golden raisins and pineapple in an oaky pinot noir, the earthy, sour taste of key lime elevates the truffle to new heights. We’re grateful for Sally’s Baking Addiction and her ability to make even chocolate a little better.
Muscat and Orange Truffles
Muscat flies below the radar as a wine varietal, but it most certainly should be on your list this year. With notes of honey and melon, a muscat has the citrusy profile you need to truly appreciate the magical combination of oranges and chocolate. Six Sister’s Stuff has an incredibly easy orange truffle recipe for a bright, sweet indulgence.
Go on, try them all. We’re pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.