After celebrating thirty Valentine’s Days, I’ve decided that I no longer wish to participate by exchanging cards. Yes, I do realize that it is a tradition and that we’ve been doing it for hundreds of years. But honestly, how many cards have you ever received that served any real purpose than to look pretty? This year, I’ve decided I’m going to be giving out items that are more near and dear to my heart. Which is what this holiday is all about, right? So what are these items that have caused me to completely alter my Valentine’s strategy? Wine & chocolate. Totally worthy, don’t you think? So whether you’ll be giving them out or partaking in them with a special someone, try out these fun wine and chocolate pairings and start a new tradition this year.
Chocolate Cake: Cake is not just for birthdays. Especially chocolate cake. If you’re having a group of friends over for Valentine’s Day, this dessert is a smart choice due to its larger size and amazing flavor. But don’t stop the wine at dinner. Flex your gourmet prowess by making every course complete and serve your cake along with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or a Muscat.
Dark Chocolate Truffles: I can’t think of any flavors that create a better marriage than red wine and dark chocolate. It’s no surprise that the two together are considered decadent and alluring. No matter what your position or status is on Valentine’s Day, just go out and buy them. You deserve it. A natural wine choice for the rich flavor of dark chocolate is a Syrah or Port.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies: Okay, I know white chocolate is not technically a chocolate, but I thought I’d include something for those who may not be into the real stuff. White chocolate is creamy, delicious, and when used in these cookies, it becomes magical. But consider ditching the milk and go for something befitting of this holiday, like a Viognier or Prosecco.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberries: I hope you didn’t think I was going to skip this Valentine’s Day staple. These strawberries are wonderful because you can buy them anywhere this time of year, but they’re also incredibly simple to make in your own kitchen at home. Who’s not appreciative of a two-ingredient recipe? Champagne is the traditional choice for these delicious beauties, but if you’re interested in changing it up, try a Red Zinfandel.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
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Ashley Howe is a food enthusiast, a clean-eating blogger and a full-time chef to two little ones. When not experimenting in the kitchen, Ashley likes to seek out new foods and ways to make eating deliciously fun and accessible to everyone. You can find her recipes and tips at AshleyRightNow.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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