Lindt Chocolate and Wine Pairing Party

Lindt recently launched a home party program called Lindt Chocolate R.S.V.P.. At hosted R.S.V.P. home parties, consultants lead tastings and earn extra income by selling Lindt products and gift items. Guests enjoy the tastings while learning some great chocolate tips. When I was contacted by Lindt to host a wine and chocolate preview party, I obviously said yes! Chocolate and wine are two of my favorite things!

The centerpiece of my party was a huge bowl of Lindt candies. It included a variety of their famous Lindt Lindor truffles along with other goodies to boot. My friend M and I fell in love with the truffle in the black wrapper – the extra dark. There were only a few in the bowl and he definitely got the last one!

Prior to the party, I hit up my local wine store to grab a few bottles of wine for the tasting and cut the chocolate in to bite size pieces. We were having our wine and chocolate tasting party after dinner, and it served as a great dessert course.

To taste each chocolate and wine combination, we followed the steps laid out in the R.S.V.P. Party Guide, taking breaks between each pairing to cleanse our palette with some water and crackers. The steps we took were similar to what you may have experienced in other wine tastings.

1. Examine the wine
2. Examine the chocolate
3. Snap the chocolate and examine the break
4. Smell the wine
5. Smell the chocolate
6. Sip the wine
7. Taste the chocolate
8. Sip more wine

We started with the Excellence White Coconut bar since it has the lowest amount of cocoa. The recommended pairings for this chocolate are a sweet Riesling, a sparkling pink or red wine, a Muscat, or Muscato. I have to admit this chocolate was really the shining star of the night. We were all intrigued by the white chocolate and coconut. The mild flavor of the white chocolate paired beautifully with a sweet wine and the subtle coconut flavor really brought everything together nicely.

Next up was the Excellence Extra Creamy Milk bar. The suggested pairings for this chocolate are a buttery Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir, or a Merlot. This milk chocolate bar was indeed very creamy. As expected, it paired beautifully with the Pinot Noir I had selected. Milk chocolate is one of my least favorite chocolates, but I really enjoyed the last step of the tasting with this combination. The melty chocolate mixed with the fruity wine brought out new flavor notes in both the wine and the chocolate.

The last chocolate we tasted was the Excellence 70% Cocoa Bar. This dark chocolate should be paired with a Cabernet Savuvignon, a Merlot, a Syrah, or Shiraz. The spiciness from the wine that I chose complimented this bar really well. I’ve always been a huge dark chocolate fan, so it was no surprise that this chocolate was one of my favorites.

I also had some of the white chocolate and bittersweet chocolate for my friends to taste even though it wasn’t part of the official tasting as outlined in the R.S.V.P. Party Guide. At the end of the night, the two favorites among the group were the Excellence White Coconut bar and the bittersweet chocolate bar.

If you’re interested in placing an order or wish to learn more about the opportunities that Lindt Chocolate R.S.V.P. has to offer you can send an email to RSVP Customer Service for more information.

Disclosure: Lindt provided the chocolate and the means to purchase the wines to pair with them. All opinions are my own.

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10 Responses to “Double Fudge Brownies”

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    Mandy — October 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE brownies!!! Will definitely try out this recipe… soon.

    (Just can’t let my husband know, who is a personal trainer, lol!)

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    These were seriously the best brownies ever! I can’t wait to re-use this recipe!

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    Sheila — October 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Those look outrageously delicious!!!

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    Courtney — October 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I love me a good brownie – but can you believe that I haven’t actually made homemade brownies. I really must change that!!

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    Evan B — October 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Who doesn’t love brownies?! I don’t know if I could wait a whole night and not devour these immediately out of the oven!

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    nutmegnanny — October 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Yum! I love brownies! I’m thinking I actually might make some right now 🙂

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    Megan — October 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    You have way more willpower than I do. I rarely let brownies cool. I love when they’re warm and gooey… and yes, then throw some vanilla ice cream and hot fudge and whipped cream on top!

    I was good, and I let my KAF brownies rest overnight though.

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    THE OLD GEEZER — October 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You ~Ron

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    HAHA, I totally cracked up at this post for two reasons: I love that you used the expression “Get outta town!” and that you posted the pic of our brownies that were, the best brownies ever. See? We just knew..

    Great post, as always!

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    Eliana — October 4, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    These look sinfully delicious 🙂

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