Dessert Wine Pairings

5 holiday desserts meet their wine matches

 


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Gingerbread

Gingerbread is a staple during the holidays, whether it be for gingerbread men or a gingerbread house. While I love both of them, neither makes a particularly elegant dessert for a sumptuous dinner. The English figured out how to do that when they created their Christmas Pudding.

Actually a rich, dense spice cake, Christmas Pudding is a great foil for rich, fruity dessert wines like port.

Port comes in many forms, from the most famous vintages to the aged and nutty tawnies. For a cake like Christmas Pudding, you want a port that will emphasize its fruitiness.

A young port, like a ruby, or a late bottled vintage port is an ideal partner for this cake and a great way to cap off a meal. Late Bottle Vintage Ports (aka LBV) are post-single vintage that lack some of the depth and ageing potential of true vintage ports. They are generally ready to drink on release and are often great values. Graham makes a sweeter, fruitier style of port. Their 2007 LBV is ready to go and can stand up to everything this Christmas Pudding can muster.

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  • Snooth User: Steveski
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    129887 44

    You're Hungarian?!?, I thought you were Italian. These are all good choices, but I'm a sucker for sweets and partial to producers whose vineyards I've visited. So I'd add two suggestions to your list: a Vinsanto from any of the Santorini producers and a Kracher (they're numbered 1-X depending on the year) from Austria. And to pair with it? Nothing! Both are desserts in and of themselves.

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    89065 213,173

    Half Hungarian, half Italian. And get this.

    On my desk and lined up for tasting are 12 dessert wines to be tasted, including the 2008 Kracher Beerenauslese cuvee, and a Santorini VinSanto. Funny how these things happen.

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM


  • Snooth User: my bottle
    323479 37

    All of those pairings sound amazing, and thanks for the recipes! For those on a more modest budget I recommend Apple Pie and Santa Julia Tardio, a late harvest Torrontes that is quite cost effective. Yum!

    Dec 14, 2011 at 2:06 PM


  • Snooth User: juicelover
    964443 12

    One of my favorites is the Castello del Poggio Moscato d'Asti. Do you have any broad suggestions? Maybe a flavor profile?

    Dec 14, 2011 at 3:19 PM


  • Snooth User: Oker
    889418 0

    What about a delightfully syrupy Pedro Ximénez? Can't think of anything that goes better with heavy, old-fashioned desserts like Christmas Pudding. Or anything chocolatey!

    Dec 14, 2011 at 5:24 PM


  • Snooth User: whauptman
    864967 2

    Good stuff, and well done for the promotion of dessert wines. For your interest I wrote a similar blog on dessert wines for Nalvina which you might like to look at. Try http://www.nalvina.com/blog/whats-f...

    Dec 15, 2011 at 5:09 AM


  • That isn't a Christmas Pudding! It's just a spiced cake (which looks similar to the one served with Madeira on that island). A Christmas Pudding is made with lots of dried fruit, usually soaked in alcohol, and is steamed for several hours to cook it - they are made a couple of months before Christmas so that they have time to mature (and are also fed with more alcohol during that time) and then are reheated on the day.

    Dec 15, 2011 at 6:01 AM


  • Snooth User: Flying 44
    697996 20

    I'm surprised you didn't mention any of the famous Canadian ice wines from Ontario and Quebec which are great with all of the desserts you mention. Also, what about the super delicious ice ciders coming out from Quebec province? If you love apples, these will literally blow your mind! There is even a cidery that produces iced poiré (iced pear wine)...Totalement déclicieux! If you're not familiar with Canadian ice wines or with Québec ice ciders...Google the terms and you'll get lots of information...

    Dec 15, 2011 at 6:28 PM


  • Snooth User: Qatra
    41466 16

    What about the great Sauternes and the finer sherries?

    Dec 17, 2011 at 6:08 AM


  • Snooth User: ismael2
    928792 7

    if you're italian as you say, i am really surprised that you did not mention fragolino between the dessert wines....it's the classic dessert wine for cristmas, specially with panettone. and being half italian myself, but greek for the other half, i recently discovered that the white fragolino is exellent to pair with the traditional greek cristhmas sweet bisquits , the "kourabièdes" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:K...)!!!

    Jan 03, 2012 at 12:43 PM


  • excellent

    Sep 08, 2013 at 4:09 PM


  • mind blowing

    Sep 09, 2013 at 3:20 PM


  • Snooth User: cglaw2013
    1341096 33

    nice one

    Sep 11, 2013 at 4:08 AM


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