Chocolate & Wine: The Perfect Couple

Posted on August 07, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 1 Comment

A beautiful summer night calls for a beautiful combination of chocolate and wine. Watch the sunset as you take your palate on a journey through the magical world of wine and chocolate.

A Simple Rule

When in doubt, start with a wine that is as sweet as the chocolate if not a little bit sweeter than the chocolate. This will help your palate bounce back and forth between the chocolate and wine instead of experiencing a shocking jolt when transitioning from sweet chocolate to a perhaps bitter wine.

The Body of the Wine and Chocolate



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When pairing chocolate and wine, you will want to pair heavier wines with heavier chocolates, and lighter wines with lighter chocolates. This concept does not mean white chocolate goes with a white wine necessarily.

When we talk about the body or depth, we should be thinking about the fullness or density of the chocolate and the wine. Is it thick and creamy? Thick and creamy chocolate will pair with a different wine than a light chocolate. A strong chocolate will pair better with a fuller-bodied wine than a lighter wine. A white chocolate goes with a tame chardonnay before it goes with a malbec. 

Dessert Wines

If you are looking for a wine to go with a decadent chocolate dessert, put what white zinfandel away and pick up a dessert wine like a port. You won’t need as much wine in quantity, but the combination will make your taste buds sing!

At special occasions you may find yourself with a champagne flute filled with sparkling wine around dessert time. Fear not; sparkling wines can be really fun with desserts! White chocolate and champagne or moscato is a fun and light combination. This pairing is a nice alternative to the rich, dark chocolate and port pairing. Between wine and chocolate, there is something for everyone!

Better Quality = Better Pairing

It is possible that the greatest wine ever cannot make a bad chocolate good. Don’t put a 10 with a 2 -- it will just never work out! Instead, try a few different wines and chocolates of a good quality so you can really see what goes well together. This does not mean you have to break the bank to have a good night, but treat yourself because you deserve it!

Get Adventurous

Sometimes the best pairings of wine and chocolate are those least expected. Get crazy and experiment with different combinations you thought you would never like. If you come into this with an open mind, you can make a night of fun pairings with different chocolates and wines!

Wine and Dorinda’s Chocolates

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Pair Dorinda’s Chocolates with different wines at Fine Vines Cheese & Wines on Wednesday, August 19 at 6 PM. Get your tickets now!

At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we can also bring the chocolate to you for your night of experimenting with different chocolates and wines. Whether you are having a night out at Fine Vines Cheese & Wines or hosting a special night of your own, Dorinda’s Chocolates can provide the chocolates for your fun evening!

If you have a bottle of wine that is in need of a friend, stop by Dorinda’s for an assortment of handmade gourmet chocolates. We have a huge assortment of different chocolates for you to explore different tastes and pairings! Share your wine and chocolate experience with your friends. It is a fun way to get together and try new things! Happy pairing from all of us at Dorinda’s.

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Chocolate Dessert Recipe Ideas for Your Summer Party

Posted on June 09, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

The summer months are a great opportunity to show off your party hosting skills and have fun gatherings with people you love. At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we have come up with a few fun chocolate dessert recipe ideas that will wow your guests at your next event!

Chocolate Dessert Recipe #1:
Chocolate Dessert Cups

Chocolate dessert cups are a fun chocolate dessert recipe option because they can dress up any old dessert. Instead of using plastic bowls or dirtying another dish, you can make chocolate cups to hold the dessert, and your guests can eat the dishes instead of you washing them. You can also use the homemade chocolate cups to hold fresh summer fruit!

If you have a child eager to help you with your party preparations, this chocolate dessert recipe can be a fun way to teach them about making chocolate. Blow up small balloons, and dip the balloons in melted chocolate. Place the chocolate-dipped balloons in the freezer to solidify the melted chocolate.

Your next step in the chocolate dessert recipe is to take the balloons out after a few minutes and pop the balloons! This part of the chocolate dessert recipe can be especially fun to do with children. Pull out the remainder of the popped balloons, and now you have chocolate dessert cups!

Chocolate Dessert Recipe #2:
Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Dessert RecipesChocolate pudding is a rather fast chocolate dessert recipe, so you can take more time to enjoy the company of your guests. You can even make chocolate pudding ahead of time, and the dessert can be refrigerated for up to four days.A delectable chocolate dessert recipe option is rich chocolate pudding. Though creamy, chocolate pudding can still be enjoyed on a summer evening because it is a chilled dessert. A change in the seasons does not doom you to offering chocolate-less desserts, rest assured.

Chocolate Dessert Recipe #3:
Flourless Chocolate Cake

chocolate dessert recipesThis chocolate dessert recipe also requires the use of a stout beer like Guinness, which can be especially fun for Guinness lovers. The alcohol content will disappear during the baking process, so children can still have this cake.If you have guests who have an allergy to gluten or have a gluten-free diet, try a flourless chocolate cake to please them. This chocolate dessert recipe is a little more advanced, as the optional meringue requires some patience and skill.

Guinness does not have wheat in it (unless you try Breo White Beer), but do keep in mind that the protein in barley could cause some discomfort for a gluten-sensitive guest. Check with your guests ahead of time to make sure the use of stout in flourless cake will still work for them. If so, enjoy the delicious flourless cake!

Dorinda’s Chocolate Dessert Recipe Solutions

If you are running out of time for your event, stop by Dorinda’s Chocolates and pick up a Chocolate Fondue Kit or a Gourmet S’Mores Kit. These chocolate dessert recipe alternatives can be a real life saver in a snap, so you don’t have to disappoint your guests by sending them home without something sweet! Both the Chocolate Fondue Kit and the Gourmet S’Mores Kit make an easy chocolate dessert option while still adding an extra flair to entertain your guests.

For more chocolate dessert recipes and ideas to entertain for your next summer party, stop by Dorinda’s Chocolates on the Reno Riverwalk!

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