I asked Wallowa Lake Fudge Company to give me some ideas of pairing fudge with wine because aren’t most of us looking for another reason to have a sweet dessert? They came up with a great list of pairings. Here is a list of their fine products.
Milk Chocolate Fudge
Pinot Noir or a lighter-bodied Merlot will complement milk chocolate,a creamy chocolate mousse or chocolate accented cheesecake. Rieslings, Muscat’s or dessert wines tend to hold up well to mild milk chocolate. Also consider a sparkling wine or Champagne for pairing with milk chocolate dipped strawberries. Last, but not least a classic milk chocolate pairing to consider is a nice Ruby Port- a very safe bet when looking for a perfect wine to accent milk chocolate.
Wine Suggestions: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Muscat, Sparking wine or Champagne, and Ruby Port
Late Harvest Riesling is a Riesling grape which was harvested late in the season. When you harvest a grape at “normal ripeness” there is a balance between the natural sugars in the grapes and the acidity levels. This makes a normal wine. When you wait and harvest the grape later on, the sugars keep climbing. This gives you a very sweet wine which is often drank for dessert. Riesling is a sweet but complex white wine that is great as a dessert wine. It often has fruity and floral flavors in it. You generally want the sweetness levels of your food to match the wine. Late Harvest Riesling does well with Maple Chocolate.
Wine Suggestions: Late Harvest Riesling
Dark Chocolate Fudge
Dark or bittersweet chocolates need a wine that offers a roasted, slightly robust flavor itself, with perhaps a hint of its own chocolate notes. Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandels have a history of perfecting the dark chocolate match, resulting in an unparalleled tasting combination. A Cabernet Sauvignon or a Zinfandel will
more than fill your chocolate pairing expectations. Also,consider a Pinot Noir or a Merlot to handle dark chocolate around the 55% cocoa mark. Finally, give a Tawny or Vintage Port a go to offer a very well balanced pairing approach to a dark chocolate dessert or truffle.
Wine Suggestions: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Tawny or Vintage Port.Wallowa Lake Fudge Company is a family owned and operated fudge company located in the town of Joseph in Wallowa County Oregon.
204 South Main
P O Box 7
Joseph, OR 97846