Panettone is one of Italy's greatly exported gastronomic wonders, though unlike most of those wonders, Panettone continues to be produced primarily in Italy.
This wonderfully light, slightly sweet cake dotted with preserved fruits has become a staple of Christmas around the world, and it is surprisingly difficult to pair with wine. Much lighter than many typical holiday desserts, Panettone is more of a snack than a real meal breaker. It's delightful for brunch, made into french toast, or with one's afternoon tea, but there is a classic match that you just have to try.
Moscato d'Asti is a lightly sweet, sparkling wine produced very close to Panettone's hometown of Milano. It's one those "grows together, goes together" moments when you finally have the pairing. That pairing is best as an afternoon snack. Some Panettone, a few glasses of Moscato, which is deliciously low in alcohol, followed by an espresso. Ah heaven! La Spinetta makes one of the best Moscatos and it's easy to find! So I don't want to hear any excuses from you. Try this!