NYC restaurateur Paul Grieco pairs Lindt Excellence Intense Orange chocolate with a sweet Spanish sherry.NYC restaurateur Paul Grieco pairs Lindt Excellence Intense Orange chocolate with a sweet Spanish sherry.
[MUSIC] I'm Paul Grieco, co-owner and beverage director of New Yorks City's Heart Restaurant and Terroir Wine Bars. At each of my joints, we try to craft dynamic food and wine that matches. Because of that, Food and Wine magazine and Lindt chocolate have asked me to tackle the world of matching chocolate. And wine. For this pairing, we're going to enjoy the Lindt Excellence Intense Orange. An incredible combination of premium bitter chocolate and orange flavor with a little dollop of almonds. Now, if you're new to this whole world of premium chocolate, this is an awesome place to jump in. Because the bitterness of the chocolate. But is offset by the sweetness of the orange. Now when we taste chocolate, it's very much like a wine tasting. You must engage in all five senses. First, let's look at the chocolate. It should have a silky, matte sheen and a smooth surface. Next, touch it. The texture should be elegant. Then, break it. [SOUND] There will be a loud snap, a sign of quality. The more cocoa in the chocolate, the harder it will be to break it. Inhale, the sweetness of the cocoa matched with this incredible orange flavor. Then, finally we get to taste. The thinness of this chocolate bar Allows the chocolate to melt on the palette, releasing layer upon layer, very elegant. Beverage wise, we're gonna go to the South of Spain, the Cheri region. Remember that Cheri must come from Spain and only Spain. The incredibly historic. Beverage. This is one of the sweet sherries. The majority of sherries are bone dry with extraordinary acidity. But this one is rich and lush. This sherry is made with the muscat grape, one of the great grapes of the world originating in Persia. And the aromatics [SOUND] pure and intense orange blossom. And we see the thread that will tie this beverage. To the chocolate. On the palate. [MUSIC] Rich and unctuous and round. Now, let's take the two together. Little bite of chocolate. [MUSIC] Allow the chocolate to melt a little bit. [INAUDIBLE] [SOUND] They come together, a perfect marriage. The chocolate shines, a little intense up front. Sweetness of that cocoa. The orange kicks in, then the wine meets it halfway through, long and lingering And harmonious. Incredibly cool. [MUSIC]