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Pairing Chocolate and Chenin Blanc

Originating from Loire Valley

Originating from Loire Valley, France, Chenin Blanc has seen its cultivation expand to other New World countries including South Africa, Australia, Spain, and 12-15 states across the U.S. This varietal, when produced in a dry style, is typically higher in acidity and thus requires smaller yields in the vineyard, and is harvested late in the year; this wine is also widely produced sweet.

You will find notes of green apple, quince and mineral or a chalkiness that can be oak aged to bring out a buttery, nutty flavor. Often blended with small amounts of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc (less than 20% blend), this dry chenin blanc wine pairs exceptionally well with salads, fish and chicken, as well as lighter chocolates, particularly smooth white chocolate, which elevates both the chocolate and wine’s natural aromas.

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

Chenin Blanc & Chocolate Pairing Selection

Four light and smooth chocolate bars to pair with Chenin Blanc.

Build-Your-Own Chenin Blanc & 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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