October 31, 2018
For certain situations, it may be acceptable to purchase a simple candy bar and bottle of wine from the first store you pass on your way home. However, typically those two items pair better with your coziest sweatpants and the newest season of your favorite TV series than they do with each other. But when you’re ready for a true wine and chocolate pairing, as always, Las Vegas has what you need!
Here are some of our favorite places in the city to snag some sweets, as well as tips on hosting your own chocolate and wine pairing party!
A staple chocolatier, Ethel M. Chocolates is a great place to visit for every sweet tooth. Ethel M. offers tours, a beautiful walk-through botanical cactus garden, and a wine and premium chocolate pairing tasting class. In this class, you get to sample white chocolate truffles paired with a Ménage a Trois Prosecco and Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter with a Napa Cellars Chardonnay. You also get to sample more bold flavors like Milk Chocolate Pecan Caramel Rapture with a Dona Paula Malbec and a Dark Chocolate Lemon Satin Crème paired with a Complicated Pinot Noir. After you’ve savored all the flavors, you’ll receive a certificate naming you as an honorary chocolatier and 20% off your in-store purchase of any chocolates you decide to bring home with you!
Located in the Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip, Sugar Factory is a dessert lover’s utopia. Their one-of-a-kind menu offers several food options, but they are most well known for their decadent desserts, candies, and lavish adult beverages. One of the Sugar Factory’s most boastful features is the new Chocolate Lounge, located on the upper level, with wraparound views of the Strip. Along with chocolate martinis and chocolate dipped cocktails, you can also try different wine and chocolate pairings from their extensive wine list. You can choose either one piece of chocolate at a time or a six-piece variety tray.
Not sure what to choose? We suggest starting your tasting experience with a Brussels Cinnamon Praline made with milk chocolate ganache infused with cinnamon and finished with a stripe of subtle, but bold, dark chocolate. This particular delight would pair nicely with a Chardonnay or even a Pinot Noir. Another option might be a Praline Nougatine made with a crunchy caramel hazelnut cap over milk gianduja and dipped in milk chocolate. Pair this treat with a nice glass of bubbling Champagne. Sugar Factory gives guests so many chocolate choices, it’s enough to make Willy Wonka green with envy!
If you prefer to try your hand at wine and chocolate pairing at home (and have the beautiful event space to match), remember these tips as you create your shopping list:
As a general rule of thumb, pair:
As you put together your wine and chocolate pairings, remember that personal palate profiles vary from person to person. Some wine and chocolate combinations that work well for you may not agree well with another person. Even if you don’t get the flavors completely right on the first go ‘round, you’ll be guaranteed a delicious experiment each time you try!
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