kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

If you are a fan of white chocolate (which, I know, technically isn't chocolate, but for lack of a better name, that's what they call it...), you may wonder what kind of wine to drink with it.

Last night, I did a wine and chocolate tasting for a client, in which I paired 4 chocolates with 4 different wines. My choice for Lindt's white chocolate truffles was a Moscato d'Asti from Villa Lanata. Moscato is made in the Piemonte region of Italy (northwest part of the country), from the Moscato/Muscat grape. It's fermented in a variation of the tank method, and the resulting wine is very grapey, semi-sweet, and frizzante (semi-sparkling). It's also low in alcohol--this particular wine was 5.5% abv.

The residual sugar in the wine paired nicely with the super sweet white chocolate, while the bubbles and acidity cleansed the palate of some of the candy's richness. This pairing even converted those who don't favor white chocolate, and/or sweet wines.

Villa Lanata is available at area Total Wine shops.