Wine for chocolate Easter eggs

Septima MalbecWine isn't a natural match to chocolate. Its mouth-coating intenseness can overwhelm many wines. And choose unwisely and both wine and chocolate will clash leaving behind an unpleasant metallic taste. But there are wines that harmonise wonderfully with both dark and milk chocolate.

Easter eggTry Vintage port or Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon with dark chocolate and oaked white with milk chocolate. Truffle and liqueur fillings need matching with equally rich wines: try Sherry, Marsala and Madeira.

PG Wine and Easter Egg Tips

Septima Argentinean Malbec 2010

£7.99 Wine Rack

If you like your chocolate with more chocolate then try this rich Argentinean red: chocolate/cocoa flavours with blackberry and raspberry jam plus there’s a smoky edge to it. Very slurpable.

Villa Maria New Zealand Private Bin Pinot Noir 2010Villa Maria Pinot Noir

£9.79 Co-op

Tart black cherry juice with a spicy Szechuan pepper ending.

Domaine La Borie Blanche French Terroirs d’Altitute Minervois La Liviniere 2007

£9.99 (or £7.99 when buy 2+) Majestic

Despite the ‘Blanche’ on the label this is in fact a complex red with fruity black cherry, blackcurrant and strawberry flavours along with black coffee and dark chocolate. With all that do you need the Easter egg as well?

Vionata AlbarinoVionata Spanish Albarino Rias Baixas 2010

£12.49 (or £9.99 when buy 2+) Majestic

It’s priced over ten quid but its lime, candy, almond and banana flavours are worth it. Very good as a dinner or dessert wine.

Fillaboa Spanish Albarino Rias Baixas 2010

£14.99 M&S

It’s the same grape from the same region as the wine above but it tastes completely different: more floral with a sweet-sour thing going on. Expect pineapple, pear, apple and a bit of elderflower. Again would make a good before and after dinner wine.

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