Wine and desserts are always a great combination to celebrate or spend an interesting evening!!
How do you figure out what wine to pick with dessert? There are three factors to consider:
- Acidity (an acidic wine may pair best with a fruit dish, which also has natural acidity),
- Intensity (the more intense the flavors of a dessert, the more intense the wine), and
- Sweetness (a dessert wine should be sweeter than the dessert itself).
Dessert impresario Gale Gand, ofChicago’s TRU recommends focusing on the different dessert categories when selecting wine. In general, as the colors of the dessert get darker, the wine gets darker. Here is a guide to wine pairings with each of the major dessert genres:
Custard and Vanilla
Desired Flavors (in the wine and dessert): Mild, light, buttery
Suggested Wine Pairings: White wines (late-harvest Riesling), sparkling wines like demi-sec champagne, and Asti Spumanti.
Fruit and Spice
Desired Flavors (in the wine and dessert): Apples, pears, cinnamon
Suggested Wine Pairings: White wines and pink champagne.
Caramels and Chocolates
Desired Flavors (in the wine and dessert): Dark, buttery, caramelized, rich.
Suggested Wine Pairings: Red wine (like late-harvest Pinot Noir, Banyuls, Grenache, Australian Shiraz), port (the classic chocolate pairing), and Grappa.
Suggested Wine Pairings: Ice wine. (It’s a dessert in itself!). And acidic, crisp white wines.
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