You have made it through another day. The kids are finally in bed and are actually sleeping, the kitchen is clean, and the house is quiet.

For me, this time of day is pure bliss. It is my time.

I usually savor this time of day with two things: wine and chocolate. Not only are these two beauties delicious together, they are also good for you. Both the cacao bean and red wine are abundant sources of flavonoids, a heart disease fighting antioxidant.

So this holiday season, treat yourself to a little (or a lot) of wine and chocolate time. I’ve even created a quick guideline to help you pair whatever your favorite varietal of wine is with different chocolates:

White Chocolate: This type of chocolate is light, buttery and mellow. Try a sweet Moscato wine, Sparkling Rosé, or Sherry.

Milk Chocolate: Who doesn’t love milk chocolate? Try a light-bodied Pinot Noir, light-bodied Merlot, Riesling or Muscat wine.

Smooth Dark: With only slightly more cacao bean than milk chocolate, try either a Champagne, Riesling, or a medium to full bodied Pinot Noir.

Medium Dark Chocolate: Heading on over to the darker side of the chocolate world, a medium dark chocolate pairs well with a full-bodied Merlot, Shiraz, or medium-bodied Zinfandel.

Dark or Extra Dark Chocolate: My absolute favorite kind of chocolate: dark!! I always pair dark and extra dark chocolate with tannin driven Cabernet Sauvignon, full-bodied Bordeaux or in your face rich, full bodied Zinfandel.


Enjoy your wine and chocolate indulgences!!