First, you discover true beauty, and perhaps even the meaning of life, if you combine a quality Istrian wine with some equally high quality chocolate. Second, should you happen to go Brtonigla on February 16th and 17th to attend the 7th Choco & Wine Fest, you get a chance to let connoisseurs demonstrate to you the world trends of pairing chocolate with wine and thus a chance to discover a whole new world of taste and hedonism.
As the first pairing of our date today, let me, right off the bat, mention to you my personal favourite: a combination of the indigenous Istrian beauty, Malvasia, and of, wait for it, salted milk chocolate! Yes, the dry, and even some half dry, white wines generally, and my beloved Malvasia specifically, love a bit of salt. The creamy milk chocolate that has had a single fleur de sel added to it will impress your palate as a most beautiful Beethoven symphony would, with gently fruity notes of the wine and the salty and earthy tones of the chocolate. If you do not have the above-mentioned chocolate, then pick up one with caramel and salt and enjoy it with some white wine, the combination will be a pleasure for your taste buds and for your soul.
Chocolates containing fruits, such as cherries or berries, go perfectly with the dried and sweet Muscat of Momjan, with its fine aromas and rich flavor. The Momjan Muscat is an excellent choice for romantic evenings with chocolate covered strawberries or with ganache. It is also great paired with rich white chocolates, whose cocoa butter notes it will beautifully refresh, like a breeze from the Istrian hills during a hot summer afternoon.
With fruit chocolates, a Rosé is excellent, bringing its own range of garden and berry fruits of Istria that will stimulate in you the gentle spring days. A Rosé is also marvelous with chocolates containing hazelnuts or nougat.
And now we’ve come to that other indigenous Istrian beauty, Teran. This strong dark red seducer of robust character loves the equally dark, strongly flavoured chocolate containing 35% cocoa or more. And after you’ve had some with a few bars of chocolate with coffee … Then you will, my dears, experience the true meaning of love on your palate – they are that well paired!