Trader Joe’s is selling these two great holiday collections of chocolates, some with wine pairings in mind:
A perfect last minute stocking stuffer for your wine lover is chocolate, and Trader Joe’s has two collections that are excellent choices. The Chocolate Passport is almost identical to the wonderful Marcel Pralus Pyramide des Tropiques that I bought this year in Lyon and Paris. I wouldn’t be surprised if Trader Joe’s “knocked off” that item, as the company has European roots. Each color represents a chocolate from a different region in the world and the cacao percentage. They suggest a pairing of various wines, coffee or tea.
Chocolate pairing is always an experiment but a reasonable rule of thumb is lighter red wines, like Pinot Noir, with lighter chocolates (by cacao%) and heartier, darker chocolates with fuller bodied red wines, like Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Port.
White chocolate, although not part of the Trader Joe’s offerings, works well with Moscato d”Asti and Orange Muscat.
Until next time…à votre santé!
Photos by Christine Humphrey ©2012