4 Amazing Chocolate Covered Strawberries Wine Pairing You Should Try Tonight (plus a bonus pairing)

These 4 luscious chocolate covered strawberries and wine pairings will win you major points. (wink, wink)

pssst… #4 is our fave pick

Whoever first decided to dip a strawberry into melted chocolate should be knighted. Genius.

I don’t go for the whole celebrate-your-love-today-only thing.  But I will shamelessly use St. Valentine as an excuse to open four bottles of wine on February 14th.  

Yep, tonight we’re opening four bottles, and pairing them with Valentine’s favorite . . . Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries are super easy to prepare.  Just three ingredients to Nirvana:  strawberries, chocolate chips, and a little shortening.  Ta-Dah!

If you prefer to have them delivered, that’s also an option.

But what to pair with that kind of genius?

chocolate covered strawberries and wine

Chocolate Covered Strawberries And Wine Pairing

Here’s our tasting lineup:

chocolate covered strawberry wine

Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Wine Pairing #1 - Mumm Napa Brut Rose Napa Valley

Pink bubbles!  This is a Valentine in a glass!  I don’t even need to taste it, and it’s making me happy.  The Mumm Brut Rose is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  Zippy, clean and fun by itself.  

The Chocolate Covered Strawberries and wine paring, as pretty and iconic as this pairing is, aren’t doing the wine any favors.  It’s decent . . . but it’s not as good as it looks in the brochure.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Wine Pairing #2 - Broadbent Malmsey Madeira

America’s original oenophile, Thomas Jefferson, was a big fan of Madeira.  And I’m a big fan of Thomas Jefferson.  Ergo . . . I love Madeira. The Malmsey is 100% Malavasia.  This is beautiful stuff. A big glass of tobacco, coffee and figs.  

When paired with the chocolate covered strawberries, though, it morphs into spicy and acidic on my palate.  With chocolate alone, it’s superb. Madeira wouldn’t be mu choice with strawberry alone.  

Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Wine Pairing #3 - Stave & Steel Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon

This California Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for months in American oak barrels, then finished off in bourbon barrels for another four months. The resulting juice has robust fruit flavors and just enough tannins to balance out dark chocolate’s slight bitterness.

If your chocolate covered strawberry has a caramel drizzle and sprinkle of salt, the wine’s caramel smokiness on the palate and nose naturally meshes with the savory caramel in the chocolate and its salty notes on top.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Wine Pairing #4 - Inniskillin Riesling Icewine

This is a traditional Icewine from the Niagara Peninsula in Canada, made with the Riesling grape.    Solo, this tastes like a roll of Tropical Fruits Lifesavers and it has some zing to it.  

But because it’s sweeter than the chocolate covered strawberries, it ends up being the most beautiful partner.  I think this would pair well with Ostakaka (Swedish cheesecake).

Winner!

Bonus - Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Wine Pairing

Going into this experiment, I would have put money on Madeira as the hands-down winner . . . and it comes in 2nd.

My bonus would be Lambrusco. 

Lambrusco would have made a great pair as well. 

Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Wine Pairing FAQ

We taste tested four beautiful wines. All are delicious on their own but paired with chocolate covered strawberries makes all four a brilliant pair.

  • Mumm Brut Rosé Napa
  • Broadbent Malmsey Madeira
  • Stave & Steel Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
  • Bonus wine

The sweeter the wine the better for me. Some prefer a crisp acidic wine because they like the contrast of the two. Our staff pick is the Icewine.

Obviously! We’ve listed the best wine pairings with chocolate covered strawberries. Some prefer Pinot Noir but our favorite pick is a sweet Icewine.

Chocolate covered strawberries taste the best the day you make them. But you can make them a day in advance. Just store in an airtight container in the fridge.

When in doubt, pair chocolates and wines that have a similar style. Less intensely-flavored chocolates go well with lighter-bodied white and red wines, while chocolates with more intense flavors can hold their own next to a full-bodied wine.

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