| With Halloween around the corner, now is the perfect time to pair wine and chocolate! Chocolate is one of the best sweets with wine. Maybe that's because the production of chocolate is so similar to wine: both are fermented with yeast. Despite their versatility, wine and chocolate pairings sometimes conflict. It only takes a little sugar to make even the softest wine seem bitter, so start with wines with sweet and salinic qualities – dessert wines, Port and sherries are a great start! When they work together, it can be divine. Enjoy year round, not just for Halloween! Just a few suggestions to get you started: |
White ChocolateBecause it lacks cocoa solids, white chocolate isn't isn't necessarily considered chocolate. But it does contain cocoa fat, making it a versatile wine pairing option.
Try white chocolate with:
Softer sweet wines: Brachetto, Ice Wine, Lambrusco, Moscato d'Asti and Muscat, Tokaji, vintage Port.
Milk ChocolateWith its smooth character and cocoa butter components, milk chocolate is great to pair with rich wine.
Try milk chocolate with:
Aged vintage Port, Cream Sherry, Moscatel, Big American Zin.
Caramel & ChocolateCaramel chocolate has the perfect balance of sweet and salty. And the texture!
Try caramel chocolate with:
Sweeter wines with bright acidity: 20 Year Old Tawny Port, East India Solera and Cream Sherry, Madeira, Sauternes, Vin Santo, Champagne.
Dark ChocolateWe love dark chocolate! With its minimum of 35% cocoa (and as high as 99%!), dark chocolate's bitterness can compete with many wines, especially those high in tannin.
Try dark chocolate with:
Rich, sweet red wines: Banyuls, Late Harvest Zinfandel, Amarone or Zinfandel Port.
Peanut Butter CupsWhen pairing, try to find a wine that will accent the nuttiness of this favorite candy.
Try peanut butter cups with:
Amontillado and Oloroso Sherry, Madeira, Prosecco.
| Why is Binny's great? Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always on the lookout for new favorites. From Chicago to Champaign, Evergreen Park to Highland Park, here are our October Staff Picks.|
|This Paso Robles cabernet is an excellent value. Red fruit on the nose – cranberry and dark cherry along with cocoa and spice. It's a full bodied wine with plenty of complexity, with red fruit on the palate and underlying floral notes, baking spice and cocoa. Pair it with gamey meat or hard cheese. Megan, Wine Consultant, Binny's Champaign|
|From Lodi in California. Predominantly syrah with just a touch of petite sirah to finish it off. The wine displays beautiful aromas of blackberry and just a hint of vanilla, like homemade pie. The palate explodes with notes of jammy plum, blackberry and vanilla. A nice smokiness lingers on the palate. Bobby, Wine Consultant, Binny's Bloomington|
|This Italian red blend has a deep ruby color with intense flavors and aromas. It has hints of cherry and spice on the nose. Pleasantly tannic and full of flavors. Very earthy and spicy with hints of cherry, it has a long and flavorful finish. This wine would pair well with white cheeses, mushrooms and Italian cuisine. Ashley C, Wine Consultant, Binny's Bloomington|
|This riserva from Tuscany was aged for over two years, including one year in Slavonian oak, softening the tannins. Ruby-red in color with a subtle bouquet of cherry, with cherries, plums and spice on the palate. This medium-bodied Chianti has just enough acidity for a lingering finish. A spicy and meaty lasagna pairs perfectly. Tony, Wine Consultant, Binny's Bloomington|
|Named after the unique laughing bird of Australia, the Kookaburra. Rich and full-bodied with flavors of boysenberry, blackberry and sultana with hints of spice. Has excellent acid/tannin balance and a lingering finish. d'Arenberg has been family owned since 1912. George S, Wine Consultant, Binny's Plainfield|
|Here is a great find from the Pessac-Leognan region within Bordeaux! Mocha aromas meet your nose, bringing you to mellow flavors of blackcurrant, mocha, jammy plums, herbs and cedar! This 2003 will be a real crowd pleaser, and will pair well with teiyaki beef and Filet Mignon. Jennifer, Wine Consultant, Binny's Champaign|
|The Wine Advocate gave this 90 points, and it's easy see why. The nose is pronounced, with leather and savory notes bursting out of the glass. On the palate, the fruit, tobacco and leather notes perfectly complement each other in this beautifully structured wine. This versatile wine would pairs any meaty dish, but I'd like to try it with an eggplant lasagna. Amanda, Wine Consultant, Schaumburg|
|This Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon is fantastic! Rich aromas of black raspberries, cocoa and cassis that follow onto the palate along with currants and a bit of herbs and spices. It's big and bold with a nice lingering finish. Great cellar potential!Wine Advocate scored this cabernet with 92pts. Christi T, Wine Consultant, Binny's Plainfield|
The Languedoc, South of France, is France's most dynamic wine region, where adventurous producers are redefining traditions and producing some of the country’s most exciting wines today. As the largest wine region in France, the Languedoc is blessed with some of the best terroir for winemaking in the country. The perfect combining of soil, wind, sun and the Mediterranean Sea produce naturally healthy vineyards and wines rich in character. This is an area which has seen tremendous innovation, but still recognizes the gift of tradition and the spirit of adventure. Join the adventure today and explore these wines!
Taste the Wines of the Languedoc at all Binny's locations on Saturday, November 1st from 1 to 4PM.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST, 1-4pm
FREE AT ALL BINNY'S LOCATIONS
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