Benefits of Pairing Chocolate With Wine

Benefits of Pairing Chocolate With Wine Marks and Spencer Shiraz recommendation

Pairing chocolate and wine

Chocolate matches many different ingredients, and can be eaten in such a wide variety of ways that it would be a life-long commitment to document them all. However, all chocolate fanatics have their own favorites, and one our favorite choices is to pair dark chocolate with wine.

To many, this seems like a mis-match, but wines are commonly enjoyed as an accompaniment to a dessert. We talked with the wine experts who recommend a nice bottle of red from Marks & Spencer to go with your chocolate. If you regularly invest in wine-and-chocolate sets, you’ll know that the taste combination can be exquisite. But that’s not the only benefit.

Health benefits of pairing chocolate with wine

Resveratrol is a natural phenol (anti-oxidant) that can be found in small quantities in red wine. It is produced as a result of using the skins of red grapes, and has a variety of perceived or theorized benefits, such as longevity, cancer risk reduction, and a decrease in blood sugar and therefore a healthier body overall.

None of these have yet been proven, except for the fact that high amounts of resveratrol have been proven to lower blood sugar significantly in a positive human trial. However, low amounts of the phenol have less effect, and it would be difficult to consume a safe amount of wine to absorb enough resveratrol. And that’s not even taking into consideration the much looked at “French Effect.”

Red Wine Paired with Dark Chocolate

When combining a delicious red wine (like a nice Cabernet or a Zinfandel – our favorites) with chocolate, specifically baking and  dark, the resveratrol consumed increases, as both types of chocolate contain the phenol. Let it not be said that wine and chocolate are bad for you – of course, everything can be unhealthy without moderation, but chocolate is known to offer numerous health benefits, including prevention of heart disease, diabetes, joint problems and its trace elements of iron, calcium, potassium, alongside vitamins A, B1, C, D and E.

In addition, resveratrol also helps to break down the fatty deposits left by other food and drink, acting as an important counter-measure to those who consume fatty foods on a semi-regular to regular basis. However, it is important to note that the resveratrol benefits are solely attributed to dark and cooking chocolate because of their high (70% and above) cocoa content, while milk and white chocolate do not contain a high enough percentage to offer the required trace levels of the phenol. We’ve also noticed that there are higher levels of resveratrol and other antioxidants in chocolate that has been cold pressed. Healthy chocolate.

Pairing chocolate with wine around the globe

Of course, none of this comes as bad news, given that wine and chocolate are often enjoyed around the world, whether combined or not. Hopefully, the posited result of combining these elements, given their resveratrol benefits, should be an adequate source of conviction for anyone looking to spend an evening with chocolate in one hand, and a glass of red in another. That’s why you can find us pairing chocolate with red wine more often than not.

 

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