Editor's Note: Wine and chocolate is a ubiquitous pairing, but are they really meant to be together? Monthly columnist Erika Szymanski explores how the chemical makeup of chocolate means pairing with some wines might not always be the best idea. –Tom Mansell, Science Editor
Today, we’re far more likely to find toasty, bready flavors in a more fashionable (and still seasonally appropriate) beverage: methode champenoise sparkling wine. How those characteristic flavors get there has nothing to do with actual toast and everything to do with yeast.
It’s a self-evident truth, not to mention a basic principle of homeostasis, that what goes in must come out. The largest fraction of winery waste is pomace, or the skins, seeds, and stems left after juice or wine is pressed.
Sweetness and acidity have an intuitive relationship; we know they go together without having to think about it. Balance between sweetness and acidity is why even people who attest to disliking sweet wines will often enjoy Rieslings. But why do sweetness and acidity mutually improve each other?