Friday, February 9, 2018

šŸ·ValenWINE & Chocolate PairingsšŸ’

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and if you haven't gotten something special for the Valentine in your life, you still have time! One of the most popular choices, is obviously chocolate, but what about pairing up some of the favorite chocolate with impeccable wine? At Seven Springs Winery, not only do we have the scoop on the best wine pairings for that box of chocolate, but we also have some information for the best Valentine's Date at the Lake of the Ozarks - so stay tuned!


Pair by Color

When choosing the best Lake of the Ozarks wine to pair with your chocolate, you want to pair by color. White chocolate and white wine always go well together, while the heavy reds go well with bittersweet chocolates. The reason behind this is that the dark chocolates and deep coloured wine have a higher tannin content than their lighter counterparts - and they pair deliciously together.

Pair By Sweetness

Another consideration when pairing your wine and chocolate is to pair based off of sweetness. You'll want to pair your most sweet white wines with your white chocolates and your bittersweet chocolates with your least sweet wines.

A good rule of thumb is to make sure that your wine is always slightly sweeter than your chocolate.


A Few Suggestions

Need a few ideas? Here are some chocolate pairings that will go well with our Lake of the Ozarks wine:

Chocolate: Praline
Wine: Chardonel

From the medium body flavors with the fruity and toasted oak undertones make for a perfect pairing with a praline chocolate. They can have equal sweetness, and if it's a lighter chocolate, you'll find that the wine pairs nicely.

Chocolate: Caramel
Wine: Syrah

Caramel chocolate goes divinely with our Syrah wine. The currant and blackberry flavors will complement it well, while the black pepper and subtle vanilla oak finish is extraordinary with a caramel chocolate. Many caramel chocolates boast of a mid to dark chocolate coating, and our red syrah is a perfect pair.

Chocolate: Berries
Wine: Blushing Springs

When indulging in a berry chocolate, you want something that will be equally sweet and flavorful. This sparkling red wine has sweet berry aromas and a semi-sweet finish. From raspberry to pomegranate, we think this will be a special pair for your next berry chocolate.

Chocolate: Citrus
Wine: Vignoles

Citrus flavored chocolates have both a unique flavor profile, along with a varied sweetness. We think that our Vignoles wine would be a perfect pair, from the mid-straw color and olive green tone to the flavorful body with peach, melon, and citrus.



Valentine's Day at the Lake of the Ozarks

While chocolate and wine are great, you may want to do a little more for the love of your life on February 14th. This romantic dinner will be on February 14th, and reservations can be made from 5 to 8 PM depending on reservations that are available. It's going to be a fantastic three course dinner featuring Caesar salad, 10 oz K.C. Strip and Lobster Tail with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus, and turtle cheesecake to finish out the evening. Reservations are required for $99 per couple, so give our Lake of the Ozarks winery a call to reserve yoru spot for you and your special someone. Happy Valentine's Day from Seven Springs Winery!

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
573.317.0100
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052

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