Nutella, Licorice, Lollipops and Whoppers? How do these pair with our luxurious Syrah Port. Well, we put them to the test for you and here are the results – You may be surprised at what we discovered…
Sea Salt Caramels & Port
Unbelievably silky and indulgent pairing. The Port brings out an intensified caramel flavor as the salt cuts the sweetness. Ending this pairing with a sweet creamy aftertaste. We give this an A+.
Black Licorice is an odd flavor in itself. It can be harsh and salty, yet addicting. So we thought why not try this with our port to see if it can sweeten up this interesting flavor. Well, surprisingly the two work well together. As you bite into the licorice, the intense spicy flavor can be overwhelming – yet as you sip the port with it, it brings out an almost sweeter side. This is not for the faint of heart as the flavors can be intense – but if you are looking for a version of our port with a little kick of spice to it. Try this together. Not our favorite – but one for the books.
Nutella & Bananas
We had to do it – Nutella is all the craze right now, and it has every right to be with a wallop of scrumptious hazelnut and creamy texture. Dribbled all over a ripe banana – sipping a port – this counts for a daily fruit serving right? With the sweet nutella, the banana allows a texture of smoothness and a light creamy flavor. The port adds a slight bitter dark chocolate taste – if you love dark chocolate, this is the pairing for you.
Chocolate & Strawberries
This is always a favorite for pairings – the fruit of the strawberry, dripping with chocolate and sipped with port – well that is a perfect combination. This sweet berry lightly pulls the luxurious fruit flavor from our port – the chocolate draws in a creaminess for a really indulgent experience.
Cheese & Crackers
Okay, this is not any ordinary cheese. We picked up some Syrah cheese and berry infused crackers (Trader Joes). This pairing offers a tri-level of flavors with textures. The Syrah cheese has a really sharp, creamy flavor with a slight Syrah presence. Placed on the cracker and sipped with Port is one of the most palatable pairings we have ever tried. Intense essence of the sharp cheese lightened with a slight dark chocolate from the port and sweetened by the fruit in the crackers. Wow.
Strawberry Mochi Ice-Cream
Now this was a fun pairing and experience. The combination of the Port and Mochi Ice-Cream – made for one delicious adult strawberry milkshake. Mochi ice cream is a Japanese confection made from mochi (pounded sticky rice) with an ice cream filling. This treat is indulgent, luxurious, creamy, sweet and the aftertaste makes you feel like a kid again. You know the days of strawberry malts on a hot summer day. Delicious!
Sees Chocolate Lollipops
This is a unique party treat. Who would think that a little chocolate lollipop would bring out such intense fruitful flavors of our Port. If you don’t want the extra calories from wine tasting and chocolate. Try a lollipop (chocolate, coffee and expresso flavors recommended). Really enjoyed this combination – we even found ourselves dipping it in the port itself. Soaking the lollipop with the deep red port and enjoying the two splash of flavors coming together. Ritzy.
Peppermint Patties & Whoppers
The whopper pairing was the most interesting as to what flavors it would bring out. As we took a bite of the whopper the chocolate was very powerful, but as soon as we sipped the port – wow, the malt flavor intensified into a chocolate malt/milkshake. If you are a malt addict, you would love this combination. The port drew out the malt flavor over the chocolate and it was not too sweet yet milky and pleasurable treat.
ohhhhhh Patty Patty Peppermint – this was our favorite pairing of the evening. The combination of mint, chocolate and fruit – blows any girls scout cookie out of the water.. or should we say wine. Imagine an indulgent chocolate cookie with a dash of peppermint soaking into your taste buds leaving the most grand aftertaste begging to have more. Yup – that happened. Pleasurable combination.
The good news is our Port is on sale for the month of February – so try these out, or let us know what unique pairing you come up with from your own kitchen. The discoveries are endless!