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.