I always think of wine as the nectar of the gods, so was thrilled recently to discover chocolate, from its botanical name theobrana cacao, means literally 'food of the gods', or 'gods food'. What could be more perfect than pairing my two favorite food groups?
Since romance novels speak to all aspects of sensuality; how about a meal, dessert, or bottle of wine shared between hero and heroine as they get to know each other? A type of foreplay, if you will.
Chocolate boosts serotonin levels, the 'feel good' hormone, and wine relaxes us; a perfect prelude for what is sure to follow. With that in mind I selflessly concocted some perfect pairings, which entailed hours of painstaking research.
Champagne goes with everything, but for the sinful taste sensation experience sip it while nibbling chocolate-dipped berries. The combination of bittersweet chocolate and tangy berries highlights the subtle fruitiness of the Champagne. Those bubbles will literally dance across your tongue.
Cabernet Savuvignon, with its big bursts of currrants and black cherrry marries beautifully with the nutty, fudgy flavors of a chocolate brownie.
Pinot Grigio, with its punch acidity and crisp finis, complements the creamy sweetness of white chocolate where the tangy lemon and honeysuckle notes of the wine enhance the aromatic flavors found in the chocolate.
Pinot Noir, always my go-to wine, is excellent with both sweet and savory dishes. Its versatility and fruit-forward flavor will heighten the creamy notes of a chocolate cream pie and send your taste buds soaring.
Shiraz, with its hints of clove and pepper, performs excellently alongside a Mexican chocolate pudding with hints of chili powder and lingering creamy finish.
Light-bodied and aromatic Reisling is the perfect companion to chocolate cheesecake. The wine's acidity cuts through the richness of the dessert and brings out its fudgy flavors.
These are just a few of the grape varieties lovingly tended by my hero and heroine in GRACE'S FOLLY, set in California wine country and on sale this week only for $1.99.
Go ahead. Indulge your senses with a great romance novel, a glass of wine, a sweet treat, and discover how things really do come in 3's. Better yet sign up for my newsletter and receive a free erotic novella, THE PLEASURE CLUB, which reads best with a glass of port and a square of pure dark chocolate. Yummmmmm!