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[MUSIC] I'm Paul Grieco, co-owner and beverage director of New
York City's Hearth Restaurant and Terroir wine bars. At each
of my joints, we try to craft dynamic food and
wine matches. Because of that, Food and Wine Magazine and
Lindt Chocolate have asked me to tackle the world of
matching chocolate. [MUSIC] And wine. Let's focus on the food
first, and the art of tasting fine chocolate. For this
pairing, we're going to enjoy the Lindt Excellence Touch of
Sea Salt. You may not think that salt, [UNKNOWN] specifically,
and chocolate, go together. But salt causes flavors. to pop.
Now for the tasting, much like a wine tasting, you
must utilize all your senses. First, let's look at the
chocolate. You expect to find a silky, matte, sheen on
an even surface. Next you want to touch it, a
very smooth texture. Then you want to break The chocolate,
a loud, sharp snap, an indication of quality. The more
cocoa in the chocolate, the harder it will be to
break the bar. Next, smell the chocolate. One finds cocoa,
caramelized brown sugar, with just a waft of sea salt
air. Finally, we taste. And the thinness of the chocolate
bar allows the chocolate to melt evenly across the palate.
And one of the cool things about the fleur de
sel in this chocolate bar, is that it adds a
textural note, a granular quality, the sharpness of the salt.
Wine is why we're going to the island of Madeira.
Which is about 600 miles off the coast of Portugal
but when the Declaration of Independence was signed this was
what they toasted with. Yes it is sweet as we
would expect to find in a fortified wine but the
trick of Madera is the level of balancing acidity. Into
caramelized brown sugar up front that we mix what we
found with the chocolate long and linger and elegant wine.
Now let us put the two together. [BLANK_AUDIO] Allow the
chocolate to melt. [BLANK_AUDIO] Super yummy, the sweetness of the
coco and the brown Sugar up front, the acid of
the wine comes in after that carries the entire thing
across the palate. The elements shine through here, but the
marriage of the two is incredibly rich and profound. [MUSIC]