There's no need to break the bank this Valentine's Day. Treat yourself to more than one bottle of wine for your special celebration. Check out our wine education coordinator Kristen's top picks for Valentine's Day below - as featured on WGN radio.
We were assigned with the daunting task of pairing chocolate with our favorite beverages. It was tough, but we made it happen. When pairing sweet treats with wine, try to go for a wine that is sweet or slightly sweet for a successful pairing. Very dry wines and desserts just don't work well together. We also worked with bourbon, brandy, and beer during our experiments to find the best pairings to help you celebrate love on Valentine's Day.
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. Here's a few suggestions to get you started: White Chocolate Because 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.
Let's keep the Binny's Mailbag rolling. Here's a question that is asked more and more frequently, and we're glad to be able to answer it with a smile:
Hi! I talked with someone at your place who said there is a good gluten free beer that starts with a D and that you have trouble getting it in (and keeping it in I guess). Ive been there twice to look for something like that and havent seen anything.
Do you know the name of the beer Im talking about I want to tell another friend with Celiac - and do you have that in stock now?
Thanks for the info.