Easter. A day that chocoholics can bask in by eating limitless chocolate, and not be judged. Seeing as though every day is a vino day, what does one do when trying to pair them together at Easter? According to some people, apparently it’s quite hard to do. ‘Apparently’. When you read the descriptions of wines, there are a lot that state that they have a dark chocolate tasting note. So why can’t a wine with a chocolate tasting note not be matched with a chocolate? I’m not sure of the science behind this, as to why this is the case, but what I can tell you are three little words that will prove these ‘people’ wrong; Nigella Lawson and Port. Okay so technically that’s four words. But who’s counting. You’re currently nursing a sugar overdose.
So let’s start with the first part, getting the chocolate right. I’m sure any chocolate would do, but to ramp it up a bit, I decided to match my wine with a Nigella Lawson dish. I first saw her make this dish on a Christmas special, and was in love with the idea. A chocolate salame. That’s right. It looks like salami, it sounds like salami, but as the name suggests, it’s a chocolate salame. Filled with a selection of nuts, chocolate and biscuit, it’s the perfect combination for an after dinner treat.
To go with this delicious dish, the drink of choice I decided to go with it was a port of course. A port, in my eyes, is a perfect accompaniment to chocolate. While it’s close to red, the sweetness and intensity of a port really does bode well with desserts. I sometimes even skip the dessert and have a glass of port as my dessert. Okay, getting back to the port and dessert matching…my pick is the L.B.V.P from Tahbilk winery. This winery is located close to where I grew up in Nagambie, and is one of Victoria’s oldest wineries, established in 1860. The L.B.V.P is described as “complex nutty, spicy aromas of dark berries & violets and a palate rich with harmonious flavours of chocolate, coffee & walnut finishing with luscious lingering dried fruit sweetness.”
Wow. Even from reading that, it sounds like a chocolate salame in a bottle.
Sure enough, serving the salame along side the L.B.V.P proved to be a hit all around. With a small bite of the chocolate salame, followed by a sip of the port, it really brought out the sweetness and berriness of the port.
Whoever said matching wine with chocolate is hard to do, must not be a chocolate lover. For all you chocolate lovers out there, I can tell you, it can be done. It can be done with a little help from Nigella Lawson and a tasty port.
Until next time winos,