Creating the Perfect Dark Chocolate Pairing

Pairing Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon creates a decadent treat.

Ghirardelli chocolate

*This article is sponsored by Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate

We all know that wine and cheese go together like spaghetti and meatballs, but did you know that dark chocolate and wine are a perfect pairing too?

Why do wine and chocolate go together?  Both dark chocolate and wine each have their own innate intensity and when paired together that allows them both to come out and create a delicious party in your mouth.

My favorite way to relax on a Friday night is eating some intense dark chocolate and enjoying a nice glass of red wine.

How to pair dark chocolate:

Choose your chocolate. I chose Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate specifically the Twilight Delight. This chocolate is 72% cacao and has a really intense and luxurious chocolate flavor. Perfect for those days when you really need that chocolate fix.

twilight delight

Pick your wine. If you are going to choose the Twilight Delight or any of Ghirardelli’s 8 dark chocolate flavors then you will need to pick the proper wine.  The higher the cacao content, the more full-bodied your wine needs to be.  I chose Cabernet Sauvignon to pair with the Twilight Delight 72% cacao, because it’s a nice full-bodied wine with a tart black fruit and strong tannins  that pairs really well with the drier sweetness of the chocolate. This pairing provides flavors that not only contrast but complement each other.

red wine

There are numerous ways you can pair chocolate and wine together. The trick is to pair up your favorite Ghirardelli dark chocolate with your favorite wine.  You can choose the Cabernet, like I did, or branch out and try a Port or a  Zinfandel.  Either choice is sure to give you a winning combination and a great excuse to eat your favorite Ghirardelli chocolate.

What’s your favorite Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate pairing? Share in the comments or upload a photo to your Instagram using #IntenseDark. Ghirardelli’s website has a ton of recipes, tips, information on hosting a chocolate party(I want to be invited!) and more.



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  1. I love red wine and chocolate! Have you tried it with dessert wine? Oh, it’s a must- so decadent! LOVE Ghiradelli’s!

  2. I need to find this for my husband. He would be a huge fan! He loves dark chocolate.

  3. I just bought some of this the other day….needless to say…it’s gone now! It was soooooooo delicious!

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