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Perfect Pairings with Lindt EXCELLENCE

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Elevate your chocolate and wine experience with Perfect Pairings from Lindt Chocolate and J.Lohr Vineyards.


Chocolate and wine are a classic combination. Separately, the chocolate and wine deliver exquisite flavors. Paired together, the flavors are elevated, intensifying the taste experience of both. Enjoying one with the other can unveil deeper tasting notes in the chocolate and the wine for a superior pairing experience.

When choosing which chocolate and wine to pair, premium quality is the key. Expertly crafted, Lindt EXCELLENCE and J.Lohr Vineyards come together to provide the “Perfect Pairing” featuring 5 different combinations that will entice your senses.

To expertly pair dark chocolate and different wine varietals, follow the steps below.

  1. First, taste both the chocolate and wine individually.
  2. Then, to begin the pairing, take another piece of chocolate. Savor the taste as it slowly melts in your mouth.
  3. When the last lingering notes of chocolate are all that remain, take a sip of wine. Hold the wine in your mouth, allowing it to coat your palate.
  4. Notice the complex changes in taste as the wine mingles with the residual chocolate flavor.
EXCELLENCE Chocolate and Wine Pairing
Photo Credit: Chocolate & Carrots

 To elevate and intensify the EXCELLENCE taste experience, Lindt recommends the following chocolate and wine pairings:

Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa paired with J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Ripe aromas of blueberry and black plum meld with a bouquet of chocolate and hazelnut in this superb wine. Pair it with the balanced and rich EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa, which features notes of tobacco, leather and roasted nuts. They are a match in both depth and body and finish with a creaminess that coats the palate.


Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt paired with J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot

Red fruit aromas of plum and pomegranate accompanied by a touch of baking spice complement the sharpness of the Fleur de Sel and sweet cacao characteristics of EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt. Reminiscent of fresh cream and butter, with a pleasant tang on the finish.


Lindt EXCELLENCE Chili paired with J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

A pinch of chili powder really sets off this Pinot Noir with its aromas of cherry preserves, dried herbs and vanilla. Experience it with EXCELLENCE Chili, a fine, aromatic, sweet dark chocolate perfumed with premium red chili. Enjoyed together, they create spicy warmth that bursts onto the palate.


Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange paired with J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

Enticing notes of lychee, pear and orange are present in this bright and luscious wine. It is the ideal match for the sweet citrus profile and equally complex EXCELLENCE Intense Orange. Full fruit flavors and a balanced seam of refreshing acidity work in harmony to create perfection!


Lindt EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

This rich, well-balanced Chardonnay has generous aromas of ripe pear, pineapple and toasted hazelnut from barrel fermentation. Indulge yourself by pairing with EXCELLENCE Pineapple, an exciting new flavor of sweet, fine dark chocolate infused with pineapple and a delightful finish of roasted hazelnuts, caramel and cream. It’s the perfect pairing for lovers of both Chardonnay and dark chocolate.


Want to throw your own Chocolate & Wine pairing party? Get inspiration here and here!


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