I have to admit it, I was more than slightly skeptical when I first learned about Brix chocolate for wine. Although pairing wine and chocolate is enormously popular, I think chocolate often brings out unpleasant tannic notes or, worse, extreme bitterness in wines.
Yet here I was, staring at a box of chocolate that claimed the contents would pair with any wine. Now red wine plus chocolate is probably the ultimate aphrodisiac combination but could this Brix experience really work?
If you know me at all, you know what I did. I reached for the first bottle of red wine I could find and put that box of Brix chocolate to the test.
Should you be pairing wine and chocolate?
In addition to my work in the realm of aphrodisiacs, I do quite a bit of speaking and writing on wine and the concept of wine pairing (or not pairing) in particular. As a general rule, I urge wine lovers to drink the wines they want and eat the foods they love and just embrace the experience of having exactly what they want. That being said, it is possible to have a food and wine pairing experience that is magnificent, and transformative.
I wasn’t anticipating transformative from a bar of chocolate that arrived in the mail and a cheap bottle of red.
My review of Brix wine and chocolate pairing box
Look, I’m not going to try to sell you on a magical food and wine pairing experience but you know what? These bars really do pair with red wine in a very pleasing (not to mention aphrodisiac) way. Between the Extra Dark, Medium Dark, Smooth Dark and Milk Chocolate flavors, there is something to marry with nearly any wine.
What won’t pair with Brix chocolate
There is a pairing or two I’d never recommend. For example, none of the bars pair with an inexpensive, highly oaked Aussie Chardonnay. But then, the makers don’t recommend this pairing either!
18 styles of wine that will pair with Brix
The creators of Brix specifically recommend about 18 grape varieties and wine styles for pairing. Of everything they recommend, that which I tried made for a pleasurable taste sensation. And I believe you will have the same experience when you try this wine-pairing chocolate set.
Chocolate to improve the flavor of cheap wine
Most interestingly, I discovered that these chocolates DO have a “magical” pairing property. They have the power to improve the flavor of certain…ahem…cheap wines. They are particularly kind to inexpensive red blends and Rieslings.
With both styles, I found the chocolate worked to smooth out some rough edges. Pairing wine and chocolate with Brix is an interesting experiment with some truly delightful results.
For more information on Brix and the full variety of products, visit https://www.brixchocolate.com. Or buy it now from Amazon:
Product photo courtesy of Brix Chocolate.
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