Valentines Day began early with a spot on KRCG TV pairing Missouri wine and chocolates. As with most live TV segments, some things went smoothly and others did not :) At the end of the day I know that I love wine, and I love chocolate and you should open bottles of wine to be tasted even if its just for "show"!
While heart shaped boxes of chocolates make my heart glow I typically prefer high quality bars with a greater percentage of cacao than typical chocolates with higher sugar levels. Patric Chocolate is one my current faves.
That being said, experimenting is half the fun. Pop open a few bottles, unwrap some chocolate and start pairing! Take a bite of the chocolate and let it melt in your mouth, covering your entire palate. Then take a sip of wine, then follow up with more chocolate. Take note of the mouth feel, the flavors that emerge and the balance of sweet, bitter and yum! Don't reserve the joy for just Valentines Day, chocolate and wine are meant to be savored year round.