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Pairing Chocolate and Malbec

Argentina’s Finest

Today, Malbec is the emblematic strain of Argentina, although the grape actually originated from France. At one point in time, the grape acted as the major component of Bordeaux varietals; whereas it’s typically used in Bordeaux these days to flesh out the edges of ‘Right Bank’ blends. You’ll be able to find the grape in Cahors, France but more predominately in Argentina where French and Argentine winemakers have identified the perfect growing conditions for the rich varietal.

Key descriptors used when talking about Malbec include plum, raspberry, fig, and spice. At a price typically of less than $20, it’s one of the best-selling new popular wines. Malbec tends to pair well with steak as it’s the perfect pairing to beef and lamb, but also is great with lasagna and many other full-flavored dishes, as well as full-bodied semisweet chocolate. A pure dark, or that with fruit, elevates the natural secondary fruit notes within the grape’s aromas, allowing for an ideal pairing experience.


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

Malbec & Chocolate Pairing Selection

Four chocolate bars to pair with Malbec.

Build-Your-Own Malbec & 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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How To Host a Pairing Party

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