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Pair Spiced Wine and Chocolate Like a Pro

By Whitney Butler on Jan 29, 2015

So you’re planning a romantic evening for Valentine’s Day, right? You’ve probably heard that chocolate-covered strawberries and Champagne go great together. Sadly, this is rarely the case. If you’re planning to pick up a bottle of wine, a blasé box of chocolates and call it a party — you better think again. Even professional sommeliers struggle to balance this seductive equation. The trouble with chocolate is its distinct and complex flavor — it doesn’t like sharing the spotlight. But never fear, for this Valentine’s Day you will pair like a pro, cook like a champion and rejoice in romance. Spiced Wine is here to save you from the ordinary with four fantastic pairings and one incredible meal. Just like wine, chocolate develops complexity and tannin the darker we eat down the chocolaty rain

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