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Joanna Simon recommends Royal Tokaji with chocolate
04 April 2016
Wines to Pair with Chocolate – and how to make them tango

Royal Tokaji wines Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2009

Chocolate can be a tricky customer when it comes to matching wines, but it’s certainly not a no-go area. Believe me, after years of selfless testing, I’ve come up with winning combinations (below) for chocolate in all its forms. If you’re looking for pairings of your own, keep two things in mind. Firstly, even when it’s dark/bitter with a high cocoa percentage, chocolate is sweet. Secondly, it has a texture that coats your taste buds, so you need wines that can power through it. Sweet wines predominate – in fact, very sweet wines – but they can be white, golden or red, and there are a few dry reds that also make the cut.

Tokaji Aszú
The sweetness of Hungary’s legendary sweet wine is measured in puttonyos. For chocolate, you need 5 or 6 (4 is not sweet enough), but once you’re in the right puttonyos zone, you’ll find Tokaji is almost failsafe.

Try with chocolate flavoured with coffee, rum, nuts, chestnut, citrus fruit or Earl Grey tea.

Drink: Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2009 (50cl), £21.50 The Wine Society; £23.95,

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