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Pairing Chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon

The Most Popular Red Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular of red wine grape varietals, and its name “Sauvignon” derives from the word “Savage.” Cab is grown in just about every major wine making region. It’s produced as a single varietal as well as a major blending component.

Cabernet Sauvignon is deep in color and virtually impermeable to light. To soften the tannins, cab is typically aged in oak barrels to make it more approachable. Young Cabs will have harsher tannins, whereas older, aged Cabs bring out the rich flavors and complexity of the grape.

As a full-bodied wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent wine to pair with nearly any roasted or grilled or braised beef dish, steaks or burgers, duck and game birds, venison, rack of lamb, grilled or roasted lamb, cheese (especially aged blue and/or stinky cheeses), and of course, robust, dark, not-too-sweet chocolate. Powderful chocolate pairs best with the deep wine varietal, brining out the best of the chocolate and wine.

 

Shop our suggested selections below, with a four-piece pre-made selection, as well as a "build your own tasting flight" option to host your own chocolate and wine pairing. Please keep in mind, all pairings are subjective person-to-person, and these are mere suggestions to help get you started to find your favorite pairings. We also have posted a wine aroma wheel so your guests can use it as a guideline to discuss what flavor notes/aromas they are noticing with each pairing. Want to share your initial thoughts or your favorite pairings? Let us know here! Want to share your thoughts? Our Discussion forum is live in Spring 2020!

Download WWC's Wine & Chocolate pairing notes template for hosting your own tasting party

View an Example of our Tasting Sheet (Post Pairing)

Download a Wine Aroma Flavor Wheel

Cabernet Sauvignon & Chocolate Pairing Selection

Four dark & powerful chocolate bars to pair with Cabernet Sauvignon.

Build-Your-Own Cabernet Sauvignon & Chocolate Pairing Selection

Mix-and-Match our chocolate bar suggestions to build your own pairing flight.

How To Host a Pairing Party

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