Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
This Valentine’s Day it’s very important to keep in mind that there’s a paranoid conspiracy floating around our world to the effect that red wine goes well with chocolate. This delusion isn’t quite on the order of believing that the moon landing was a hoax, but it’s pernicious nonetheless.
Domori, for example, which is owned by the Illy coffee group, produces a number of bittersweet bars in the 70-75% cacao range, from different origins (many other top producers do as well). With a substantial Napa Cabernet, for instance, this combination really does work. It may even get your date to say “wow” instead of “bleah.” And that’s really the whole point, isn’t it?
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