Lindt Chocolate and Wine Pairing Party + Giveaway!

lindt sea salt with pinot noir

First, taste both the chocolate and wine individually.

Is there an instruction line more beautiful than that?

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of hosting a small Chocolate and Wine Pairing Tasting Party for some friends, sponsored by Lindt EXCELLENCE Chocolate and J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines. Many of you know that I work with and love Lindt chocolate, and I discovered that the only way for me to love their chocolate even more is to pair it with a small glass of wine.

For the tasting party, we had several bottles of fine wine to pair with different varieties of dark chocolate, including a new chocolate bar with a tropical flavor. We were able to try the new Lindt Pineapple, studded with naturally sweet pineapple and roasted hazelnut, with a finish of caramel and cream. I’m a big fan of sweet tropical flavors so this was a big hit with me.

lindt placemat wine pairing

I’m also a big fan of order and following instructions, so I appreciated the fact that Lindt sent some detailed fliers and even place mats to guide us through the tastings.

j lohr wineslindt chili

We started with the white wines before moving on to the reds, all with their respective chocolate pairings:

Lindt EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay
Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange paired with J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling
Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt paired with J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir
Lindt EXCELLENCE Chili paired with J. Lohr Estated South Ridge Syrah
Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa paired with J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

You can read more about the wine pairings on the website.

wine and chocolate tasting

First, taste both the chocolate and wine individually.
Then, to begin the pairing, take another piece of chocolate. Savor the taste as it slowly melts in your mouth.
When the last lingering notes of chocolate are all that remain, take a sip of wine. Hold the wine in your mouth, allowing it to coat your palate.
Notice the complex changes in taste as the wine mingles with the residual chocolate flavor. A harmonious pairing will intensify and elevate the taste experience.

My friends and I had such a fantastic time! The pairings really do bring out the flavors of the chocolates and wine, and it felt like a natural progression from lighter and sweeter to heavier and more bittersweet.

cheese plateprosciuttolindt intense orange

Of course since this was a party, I had other food ready, too. I put together a few appetizers, like the cheese plate above and some prosciutto (see my favorite easy party appetizers here), chips and other finger food, and prepared a big dish of garlic shrimp spaghetti (recipe coming soon!)

I enjoyed all five kinds of chocolate and wine we tried, but my favorite was the Intense Orange paired with the riesling. I’ve always liked dark chocolate and orange but with the wine pairing, I was really able to taste intense sweetness and brightness. I normally wouldn’t think to pair dark chocolate with a lighter, more refreshing wine, but this was so perfect together.

And now for the GIVEAWAY! My friends at Lindt generously offered to send a prize to one of you, my dear readers. Lindt gift box giveaway

The giveaway prize is this lovely Lindt Chocolate Gift Box featuring an assortment of Lindt chocolates. There a few ways to enter – see the prompts below. Don’t forget to click the check the button on the widget after you enter each time!

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Gift box photo and prize are provided by Lindt Chocolate. Giveaway is open to residents of the US (excluding Alaska & Hawaii). I’ll pick the winner on Monday, Aug. 25th.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lindt Chocolate. I received compensation, wine, and chocolates samples.

   

47 Responses to “Lindt Chocolate and Wine Pairing Party + Giveaway!”

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    Bob Burnham posted August 18, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I agree with the chocolate and orange combination. Just had some great chocolate bread the other day with little pieces of diced candied orange. It was soooo good. I’ve had the Lindt dark chocolate with orange and loved it. Can’t wait to try it with wine!

    • Bianca Garcia replied August 18th, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Chocolate bread with diced candied orange sounds delicious!
      (PS – if you’re entering the giveaway, don’t forget to click on the little check button on the widget above for leaving a blog comment)

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    Caitlin posted August 18, 2014 at 9:42 am

    My coworker got me into the Lindt Chili Chocolate with a glass of spicy Chilean red while marathon training — it was the perfect combo to feel slightly sinful while satisfying my after-dinner sweet tooth and winding down from the day!

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    Caitlin posted August 18, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I love dark chocolate with a rich smokey red!

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    Cathy Buena posted August 18, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I would never think to pair chocolate with white wine, but the intense orange plus riesling – just divine.

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    Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong posted August 18, 2014 at 11:02 am

    YUMMMM!!! Chocolate and wine… sounds wonderful.. :D

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    Brian posted August 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I love dark chocolate and salt! The semi sweet bitterness and mild saltiness are great

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    dixya posted August 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

    i love the chocolate and chili.

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    Monica posted August 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    This is one of the best parties I’ve seen in a long time! You know I’m a chocoholic so this is the kind of party I’d be tempted to crash. : ) I do enjoy having red wine with chocolate for dessert some nights. I’ve never really done it with white wine and I love the pairing instructions. I”m going to be more thoughtful about it next time. : )

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    beth grossman posted August 18, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Love Lindt chocolate….espand wine…will try together!

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    Christina Orso posted August 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    i love dark choc & sea salt with pinot noir!

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    Megan posted August 18, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    There’s not much better than chocolate and wine. What a fun party!!

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    Megan posted August 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Oops just read the prompt.. definitely a really dark, bittersweet chocolate with a nice full-bodied red wine.

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    Lisa posted August 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I like white wine with dark chocolate

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    nicole d posted August 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I really love extra dark chocolate with some sweet red wine.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted August 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    dark chocolate + water (I don’t drink lol—in theory let’s say merlot :P)

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    Elizabeth posted August 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I love Lindt AND I want all the food pictured in this post

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    Andrea posted August 18, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Dark chocolate with sea salt + cab sauv!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted August 19, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I love this idea for dessert. I would love the dark chocolate with a full bodied red

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    Jessica posted August 19, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I love chocolate and wine! I like dark chocolate paired with a rioja

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    Joanne posted August 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Could there be a more perfect party theme?! How fun!

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    Renata posted August 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I love chardonnay with a creamy milk chocolate!

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    Olga posted August 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Love Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange and never would have thought to pair it with a Riesling! Will have to give it a whirl.

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    Samantha posted August 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I’m going to have to do this with my husband. We’ve done it before but it’s cool that they have wine pairing on their website so you know how to match the flavours.

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    Choc Chip Uru posted August 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    What a fantastic combo – wine and delicious chocolate :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    David posted August 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I don’t drink wine so I can’t comment on a good pairing, but I prefer their milk chocolate over the XX% Cocoa varieties.

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    Meghan posted August 19, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun!

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    Georgiana posted August 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Milk chocolate with Zinfandel is perfect!

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    Chelsey posted August 20, 2014 at 1:20 am

    I love white chocolate with any white wine!

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    Dawn posted August 20, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Dark chocolate and red wine, yum

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    aimee posted August 20, 2014 at 9:18 am

    chocolate and wine…. you can’t go wrong!

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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! posted August 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Looks like the perfect party! What’s better than indulging in chocolate while getting to sip on a nice glass of wine? I don’t think I could choose my favorite combo :).

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    manda posted August 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    dark chocolate and red sweet wine.

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    Erica posted August 21, 2014 at 7:26 am

    The EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa paired with J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon would be my pick!

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    Amy W. posted August 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    What a great event you got to party at! Not only am I drooling over those chocolates, but that cheese and meat platter look fab as well! Anything with chocolate and orange, I am a super fan!

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    Deborah posted August 22, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I love Red Wine paired with a dark chocolate!

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    Katie @glutes and ladders posted August 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I love Lindt! My favorite is their dark chocolate with sea salt, but I’m also a fan of just the straight up dark chocolate. I will have to try one of the reccomended wine pairings soon!

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    Janet posted August 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I like a little red wine with some dark chocolate

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    Amy L posted August 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I’ve never paired chocolate and wine, but the Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt paired with J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir sounds great!

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    grace posted August 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

    i’ve never tried chocolate and wine together!!! :0

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    meredith posted August 23, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I love red wine and spicy chocolate

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    Deborah posted August 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Look at all that chocolate!!

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    Elena posted August 23, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I love dark chocolate and red wine

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    Susan Christy posted August 24, 2014 at 2:22 am

    White Chocolate with White Zin

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    Carolsue posted August 24, 2014 at 3:49 am

    I would have to say white chocolate and chardonnary

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs posted August 24, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Ok that sounds like the best party ever! I’m so jealous now ;)

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    Molly Galler posted September 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Chocolate and wine? Can’t go wrong. You continue to be ever the hostess!

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