Wine for Easter eggs

Easter eggEaster means eggs. Chocolate eggs. And there are lots out there in the shops at the moment. Dark chocolate eggs, milk chocolate eggs, eggs filled with Smarties and even chocolate eggs filled with liqueur chocolates. But come the final egg count this Sunday there will be two important questions to answer: “Which one to unwrap first?”, and “What wine will match all that chocolate?”.

eating chocThat's a difficult one. Wine isn't a natural match to chocolate. Its mouth-coating intenseness can overwhelm many wines. Once the tongue has tasted anything really sweet it's difficult for it to identify subtler fruity flavours, like those found in wine. And should you prefer your eggs made from dark chocolate then finding a suitable match will be all the harder – choose unwisely and both wine and chocolate will clash leaving behind an unpleasant metallic taste.

But there are wines that elevate both food and drink to the next level of taste experience. Vintage port and Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon harmonise wonderfully with dark chocolate to produce deep spicy notes. While milk chocolate reduces the acidity of oaked whites making the resulting blend taste smooth and yoghurty.

Cockburns sherryTruffle and liqueur fillings need matching with equally rich wines: try Sherry, Marsala and Madeira. With a higher alcohol content than normal, these Mediterranean wines taste naturally sweet and so your palate will taste both wine and chocolate equally well.

PG Wine Tips

£5.99 and under

There are a few fruity, slurpable wines among the forgettable masses.

Tesco Argentinean Malbec

£4.49

Tastes like a damson, cherry and blackberry crumble with a drizzle of caramel on top. Match to dark choc or liqueur fillings.

Frontera Chilean Merlot

£5.79 Tesco

Easy drinking and very fruity: blackcurrant, plum and raspberry flavours. Try with Easter Eggs filled with Maltesers or Smarties.

Costs a bit more, but tastes great

Sometimes a bottle of wine tastes so fab it's still a bargain whatever it costs.

Villa Maria Private Bin New Zealand Gewurtraminer

£7.49 Winerack and £7.49 (buy 2+) Majestic

Grapefruit bitterness is balanced by pear and bubblegum sweetness. There’s also a hint of liquorice in the background. Ideal with milk chocolate.

Pillastro Italian Primitivo

£7.99 Laithwaites (minimum 6 bottles)

A host of hedgerow fruits in this quaffable red: plum, damson, blackcurrant and elderberry. Lots of flavour but not heavy and overpowering.

This article has appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on Mature Times