Fruitcake, it's not just for re-gifting. Much like Rodney Dangerfield, fruitcakes get no respect. These loaves of dried fruits and nuts, often leaden and ancient, seem to appear like magic every holiday season. No one admits to eating them, but they are all gone by the time New Year's rolls around.
Weird, isn't it?
I guess folks are sneaking off to basements and closets to enjoy their fruitcakes, and the best wine to pair with basements and closets is something big, rich and super intense. Something that compliments the dried fruit flavors at the essence of fruitcake. A wine made from dried fruit would be a good start. I think Recioto della Valpolicella, the sweet version of Italy's famous Amarone, is an ideal match for fruitcake. Corte Sant'Alda's 2008 version is not overly sweet, but it packs in dense, layered flavors of both fresh and dried fruit that are simply delicious and bold enough for any fruitcake.