When I got the invite to a wine and chocolate pairing tasting event, I thought to myself: now who would turn that down?
Where there's chocolate, the wine's gotta be sweet, one of my favorite kinda drinks. Not to mention Royce is one of my preferred chocolates of all time.
We started off pairing the R Chocolat Milk Cocoa with NLC Wine Warburn Estate Gossips Sweet Lips Moscato.
I like the name of the wine: Sweet Lips. It's a name of a tiny cute tropical fish I have seen during my dives in Indonesian waters that sorta 'flutters' around corals. Though this was obviously not what the wine was named after, but it captured my attention.
Very light, very appetizing, a great drink to start the evening with. While the rich creamy R Chocolat with cookie crunch filling was the right bite size to fill your mouth with full. Mild but rich. The flavor of the chocolate changed once I took my first pairing sip of sweet wine. Neither taste dulled the other, which was surprisingly considering both were sweet items. It made the pairing rather enjoyable.
Second wine was a delicious Warburn Estate Rumours Pink Moscato which I quite enjoyed but thought it didn't really suit the selected pairing Bar Chocolate Creamy Milk and should have paired with something darker and slightly more bittersweet.
Among all Royce Cacao, I love the Nama Chocolate Mild Cacao the most. It's creamy milky not too sweet texture gives me mouth orgasm each time I pop it into my mouth. Name Chocolate Au Lait comes a close second on my favoritism list.
This was paired with the third and final wine they have that evening: Montes Late Harvest.
Now I have a lot of late harvest during my wine exploration era, and this would not be my preferred choice of rich dessert wine to pair with chocolate. Perhaps due to dry mandarin orange peel aftertaste that made the palate slightly awkward to adjust to creamy milk or bitter dark chocolates.
Moving towards the darker side.
Bar Chocolate Black. The Pink Moscato suited this chocolate more than the late harvest. Not the best pairing but it was what we have.
Pure Chocolate Mild Bitter
Pure Chocolate Extra Bitter
By the time this was served, it was though for a milk chocolate lover like myself to swallow.
Least to pair. But then chocolate taste is a very subjective and personal thing. I had loved dark chocolate in the past but have moved on to milk chocolate in the past few years.
Overall it was a great experience. It's a great method to socialize too if you ever think of throwing a classy and simple social event.
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