Chocolate and wine pairings

Before you head off to New York’s Upper East Side spots where chocolates, desserts, and wine are all the rage, you’d be wise to brush up on some of the chocolate and wine pairings you can enjoy at any restaurant offering such menus.

1) High-quality dark chocolate, red wine and ports

Dark chocolate and red wines have a reciprocal effect on each other. The dark chocolate causes the tannins of the red wine to bloom, which also leads to the increased sweetness of the dark chocolate. Sometimes the fruits in red wines also lead to the disappearance of bitter and smoky undertones generally found in higher quality dark chocolate. An example of a food setting would be dark chocolate with pistachios, Cointreau, and dried cherries, along with wines like the famous Cabernet.

two) Milk chocolate with cordial cream

Since milk chocolate tastes sweet and creamy, you can pair this chocolate with a creamy cordial to bring out the inherent sweetness. Orange liqueur would be perfect for this or any whiskey-based drink.

3) White chocolate

Since white chocolate has a sweet and creamy nutty flavor, you can pair it with a full-bodied sparkling wine or other wines such as Eiswine or Berenauslese.

Places on the Upper East Side to enjoy chocolates, wines and desserts

There are many places on New York’s Upper East Side where you can satisfy your appetite with chocolates, desserts, and wines. Some of these places include:

1) The chocolate house

This is one of the best high-end Parisian chocolatiers in town, with branches in Midtown, Wall Street, and the Upper East Side. This upscale chocolate boutique offers unique combinations of chocolates and wines, allowing you creative license to explore and stimulate your palate. You can be sure of a very exciting experience at this chocolatier.

two) Dylan’s Candy Store

This is another fun place worth visiting whenever you are on the Upper East Side. is the best store in the Upper East for chocolate bars that are strategically placed on a giant revolving shelf. You will find many different flavors like Brownie Batter and Red Velvet Cake that you can use to experiment with select wines at home or in other stores.

3) Serenity

A place that would take two to three months to make a reservation is definitely worth trying. This is the ideal place for dessert in the Upper East. There is a wide range of frozen and sundae desserts that would be a great fit for a connoisseur of sweets and chocolates.

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