A Happy (Foodie) Marriage: Chocolate & Wine Pairings

Wine and chocolate are a match made in heaven – if you know how to pair them. Here, we checked in with our friends at Lindt Chocolate for a little cheat sheet. Read up below, and then get ready to seriously impress friends and family at your next dinner party.

Lindt Excellence Wine & Chocolate Pairing Tips

Tasting Tricks

  1. Start with a lighter wine and pair it with chocolate that has a low cocoa percentage. Then work your way up to bolder wines and extra-dark chocolate.
  2. Always taste the wine and chocolate separately before trying them together.
  3. When pairing: Take a small bite of chocolate, then as the flavor is fading, have a sip of wine. Note how the flavors change and interact with each other.

The Pairings

  1. Chocolate with a hint of sea salt (we recommend trying Lindt Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt) is the perfect match for a light Rosé. The ripe berries and floral notes from the wine complement the sharp tastes of sea salt and dark chocolate.
  2. Full-bodied wines go best with a high cocoa content. Try a rich Cabernet Sauvignon with a dark chocolate like Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa.
  3. For a combo with a warm burst, pair a spice-infused chocolate (we suggest Lindt Excellence Chili) with a deep Syrah.
  4. Citrus-flavored chocolate (ahem, orange) pairs best with lighter wine, like a crisp Chardonnay. The full fruit flavors balance out the acidity for a smooth, sweet flavor.

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By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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June 10, 2014

Say Cheers to Jayla Siciliano: The Brains Behind Bon Affair

Summer is upon us, which means it’s time to break out chilled wines that pair well with heat and humidity. But uncorking at the park, the beach, and the café can add up in terms of calories, which is precisely what inspired always-active former fashion insider Jayla Siciliano to create Bon Affair, a brand of high-quality, low-calorie wine spritzers. (The best part? They’re loaded with electrolytes.) Here, Jayla talks about finding success with Bon Affair on the TV show Shark Tank and what’s next for her fledgling business.

Jayla Siciliano of Bon Affair Wines

Image via Jayla Siciliano

Rue La La: What’s special about Bon Affair?
Jayla Siciliano: What makes Bon Affair unique is its dry, crisp flavor profile. It’s not sticky-sweet (I try to steer clear of sugar bombs), and it’s great by itself or for making cocktails. I put a full FDA nutritional panel on the bottle so people can read exactly what’s in there.

RLL: What was it like being on Shark Tank?
JS: The exposure from the show has been incredible. And the support from [Shark Tank judge] Mark [Cuban] and his team has been amazing.
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June 4, 2014

Drink & Be Merry: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Wine

I love a glass of wine after work (okay, maybe more like two glasses). So when I heard there were quite a few eco-friendly bottles around, I was pretty pumped. I mean, indulging a little and helping the earth? What’s better than that? Answer: nothing.

Eco-Friendly Guide to Wine

But before all you fellow tree-hugging oenophiles run out to grab an organic bottle, check out this guide to make sure you’re getting the right kind.

Read The Healthy Girl’s Guide to Wine on Refinery29.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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November 22, 2013

Our Gift Pick of the Day: Yiddish Wineglasses

For the bubbe and zaide who like to drink while they nosh

Jewish Words

“Jewish Words” Set of 4 Stemless Wineglasses
Bubbe and Zaide won’t kvetch over spilled wine this holiday thanks to these four virtually spill-proof glasses, cleverly inscribed with Yiddish words. Watch as they get a good laugh assigning “oy vey” and “meshuga” to unsuspecting family members. (Don’t believe them when they tell you both words mean “favorite.”) Better start brushing up on your retorts now.

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November 21, 2013

Swirl, Smell, Sip, Repeat: How to Wine Like a Pro

We’ve all faked our way through a wine tasting or two. Sniffed the vino without really knowing what to look for. Swirled the liquid around because everyone else was doing it. But no more. Here’s how to enjoy your wine like a pro. (Or, at least, go through the motions more convincingly.)



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August 21, 2013

Get Gifty: Our Gift Pick of the Day

Olivia Riegel Garnet Christmas Tree Bottle StopperGift-swap present: found. Because when you don’t know what to bring, a festive bottle stopper (and accompanying bottle of wine) is almost always a sure bet.

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December 12, 2012

The Best Yankee Swap Gifts


It’s better to give than to receive – sage advice we should all be following, especially during the holiday season. This nugget is doubly important to bear in mind when shopping for your next Yankee Swap soiree.

I know I can’t be the only one who suffers from severe shopping anxiety when it comes to finding the perfect communal gift. Your purchase is bound to change hands multiple times throughout the night, so it needs appeal to everyone.

Whether you’re shopping for family or friends, men or women, or a mixed bag of the aforementioned, show up with any of the following and your gift will be the envy of the evening.

Wine. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to gifting a bottle of vino. Stick to classics like Malbec, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Riesling to accommodate even the most discerning of taste buds. Dress it up by pairing your bottle of choice with a set of new wine glasses or wine charms to adorn the neck. Voilà! Instagift.

Gift cards. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone at a party who won’t appreciate saving a few bucks on their everyday staples. Coffee, music, and book purchases all fall under this umbrella, but feel free to get creative – try filling a decorative coffee mug with eye-catching tissue paper and resting the gift cards on top.

Think cozy. Pair winter-friendly items together to create an irresistibly comfy gift set. A fleece throw and a lightly scented candle will make the weather outside seem not-so-frightful.

Gourmet touches. The holiday shelves are stocked with plenty of tasty, pre-packaged gift packs. From hot cocoa to pastry mixes, there are more than enough appetizing options out there for aspiring chefs (or anyone with a sweet tooth). Find a unique bowl or platter to jazz up your presentation.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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December 6, 2012

Get Gifty: Our Gift Pick of the Day


Nambé “Eclipse” Wine RackThe hostess with the mostess has almost everything – except for this. The perfect gift to bring along with that bottle of Chardonnay, this modern wine rack keeps all those gifted bottles on display before it’s their turn to be popped open.

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November 16, 2012

5 Telling Tidbits: Salvatore Ferragamo Talks Family Wines


Il Palio & The Ferragamo Estate

We caught up with Salvatore Ferragamo, grandson of the iconic fashion company’s late founder, for some insider insight about their family estate that he describes as “historic, luxurious, and picturesque.” There are so many amazing details about the estate (and our Tuscan adventure as a whole!) but we’ve zeroed in on five little-known facts about the Ferragamo family, wines, and estate that get us dreaming of the dolce vita.

1. When Salvatore said the property was historic – he meant it. The estate once belonged to the world-famous Medici-Tornaquinci noble family, as well as Italian royals throughout history.

2. The estate’s library is chock-filled with the family’s private collection of books and photographs – a treasure-trove of family heirlooms.
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December 3, 2010

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Dinner at Bar Boulud


Bar Boulud

Besides being a fashionista, I’m also a foodie. Imagine my excitement when I was invited to the Zagat “Off the Menu” dinner held exclusively for Rue La La Members.

We gathered at Bar Boulud, Chef Daniel Boulud’s wine bar and bistro at Lincoln Center, for a four-course wine pairing dinner presented by Chef Damian Sansonetti and Sommelier Michael Madrigale.
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June 25, 2010