Every best meal Doniree Walker has ever had starts with a cheese (or cheese and charcuterie) board and champagne. But it keeps going, and there's a perfect wine match for every course. You just need to know where to look. Check out these tips on good places to go, great things to eat and of course, magical wines to pair with everything. Where will you be for your next night out?

Life is a Box of Chocolates
By: Paul W. Giese
Posted: Feb. 08, 2013

This week, we’re digging in deep on the topic of wine and chocolate. Chocolate therapy. Rules of thumb for chocolate pairing. A guide for which chocolates go with which wines. But just supposing you happen to be, this very moment, at the wine shop, box of chocolates already in hand, date waiting at the door….well you don’t need no education, you just need to know which wine to get!

It never fails. Someone tries to tell me that wine and chocolate do not pair. Well to any nay-say’er I have this to say: you have not tried enough chocolate and wine pairings. Chocolate and wine pairing can highlight or bring out flavors you will love. I have sat in many a class and watched people’s eyes grow wide while flavors explode in their mouths and signs of joy spread across their faces before they excitedly tell the person next to them, “You have to try this.” Those aren’t the expressions of a failed experiment. Here, to guide you, are 33 wines and chocolates that pair with them. You'll never be lost in the chocolate aisle again.

Pairing wine and chocolate is something that everyone recognizes around the world as a romantic gift. It speaks to the heart, mind and soul of a person, and it shows just how much you care about them. As someone who has taught thousands of people the joys of chocolate and wine pairing, I’m going to share some basics of how to meld the rich tastes of chocolate with the fruity and sometimes spicy tastes in the wine. Here are some great pairings I recommend to get you started:

Sometimes in life, we require a therapist; physical therapists, group therapists, individual therapists or marriage therapists. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we recommend that lovers spend money at the The Chocolate Therapist which just may reduce the need for the aforementioned therapists! 

Ahhh, Love is in the air. When we think of Valentine’s Day, Cupid carrying a heart of chocolate comes to mind. How about Cupid carrying a glass of wine? This year, the theme for your Valentine’s Day could be “Romance from across the World.” There are some amazing choices for far reaching countries that can assist you in creating a pleasant experience of wine themed by a region like Australia or Portugal. Or try all reds from various countries pairing each with a separate regional course. Perfectly great wines for Valentine’s Day, of course, include luscious, flavorful and bold reds like Zinfandel or Syrah. They may also include vibrant sparkling wines too. Regardless of your choice, preparing a meal that includes wine should be thoughtful and from the heart.