Dessert Wine Pairings

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Bejgli

And now we come to my traditional holiday dessert. My mother is Hungarian, and all my life I've looked forward to my grandmother's Beigli for the holidays. While Nonna (the other half is Italian, go figure) is no longer here to bake our Beigli, we still make sure to have some each year.

A rolled cake with a thin crust, apricot preserves as a sweetener, and either walnut or poppy seed filling (poppy seed for me), Beigli is a moderately sweet dessert with a lovely interplay of earthy and sweet flavors.

Being Hungarian, it's not surprising that I would reach for a Tokaj to pair with this. In particular, I am quite partial to the wines from the Royal Tokaji Wine Company. Their wines have an extra layer of complexity that some think of as dirty in comparison to the squeaky clean, more modern versions of this luscious dessert wine. I just find that added level of complexity to add interest to the palate.

Tokaji comes in varying levels of sweetness, from the modestly sweet 3 Puttonyos, to my preferred 5 Puttonyos, and on to the hyper sweet and concentrated, yet impeccably balanced Essenzias. I am a big fan of the 2006 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttnoyos Red Label and look forward to sharing a bottle this Christmas!

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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 213,426

    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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