FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE & LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT
There are multiple varieties of port, each with their own unique profile. But with our flourless chocolate cake we look to a Late Bottled Vintage Port, rather than a Tawny Port or Ruby Port. What are the differences you ask (you did ask, right?).
Beginning with Rubys and Tawnys, Ruby are mostly red while Tawnys are mostly brown. Both are sweet, but Rubys are sweeter and more fruity while Tawnys are more nutty. Tawnys are aged for decades, while Rubys are young.
A Late Bottled Vintage Port is developed from a Ruby port of a single vintage, and was allowed to age longer than a Ruby (up to six years) but far less than a Tawny, which can be aged from 10 to 40+ years. While the vintage matters no different than a true Vintage Port, a Late Bottled Vintage Port is far less expensive.
And why is flourless chocolate cake a perfect match for it?
A Late Bottled Vintage Port is heavy, rich and dark...just like the chocolate in our flourless chocolate cake, which presents more like the center of a chocolate truffle than your typical cake. Remembering our guidelines for pairing like with like, matching the profiles of your wine and dessert, while keeping your wine a little more sweet than your dessert, is how you play culinary cupid like a boss.