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Food & Wine Friday: Classic Holiday Desserts and Wine!

This Week In Food & Wine: Classic Holiday Desserts and Wine!

The holidays are a time to celebrate family while enjoying delicious food and equally amazing desserts and wine. We kicked things off this week by discussing Chocolate and Wine pairings. The response was phenomenal so we’d like to extend the fun by appealing to your sweet tooth once more! Besides, dining room tables & kitchen countertops are chock full of delicious holiday goodies. So why not enjoy your treats with a little vino!

Today we’ll be discussing the first 3 of 6 classic holiday desserts and wine varietals we believe you’ll most enjoy when you dive in to your favorite holiday treats!


Apple Crisp Pie

Are there any desserts more American than Apple Pie? Not likely, and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s satisfying and incredibly comforting. Take note of the flavors you may encounter, including lemon, cinnamon, brown & white sugar, nutmeg, oats, pecans and obviously apples. In light of the pie’s sweetness find wines that complement these flavors.

Look for white wines with hints honey, apricot, pear or tropical fruit; all will work well against the backdrop of lemon and apple. For a milder (sweet) kick, try a Riesling (Spätlese) or Chenin Blanc, while a richer Sparkling wine or Sauternes with hints of rich fruits will appeal to those who can’t seem to satisfy their sweet tooth’s craving.

Donnhoff Oberhauser Bruke Riesling Spätlese

P: $58 –, K&L Wines

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2012

P: $11 – Total Wine,,

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Silver


Sweet Potato Pie

Naturally sweet, the added sugar, cinnamon and (whip) cream and spice (nutmeg) may be overwhelmed if not paired properly. Consider fuller (body) wines whose increased tannins will balance the intense sweetness, like a Red Blend that includes Cabernet Sauvignon or Tempranillo. If you’re feeling adventurous and you want the full sweet treatment, a Riesling or Gewürztraminer are good choices. These sweet but off-dry whites won’t be as overwhelming as some other sweet whites.

The Prisoner Red Blend 2011

P: $40 – Total wine,, K&L Wines

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Kitchen Sink White Blend

P: $10 – Total Wine

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Bronze


Peach Cobbler

A southern favorite, for most of us a perfectly browned crust atop a bed of perfectly prepared peaches cooked in butter and brown sugar is worth the extra half pound we’ll be forced to run off after the holidays! Are you starting to recognize a pattern? Many of these desserts seem to pair well with white wines that are moderate to sweet. Peach cobbler is no exception. Look for wines with hints of peach, apricot, honey, apple and even a hint of butter. If you guessed Riesling or Sparkling wine than you’d be right but for a twist also consider a Sauternes or Sauvignon Blanc.

Doisy Daene Barsac 2010 (Sauternes)

P: $55 –, Select Online & Local Retailers

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec

P: $30 – Total Wine,, Select Online & Local Retailers

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Silver


Join us in a few days as we explore 3 more desserts and wine pairings that you’re sure to encounter this holiday season. You’ll be a hit when you show up with the right dessert and wine pairings. Because wine tasting can be so subjective we’d like to hear from you. Share with us what you’re drinking with your favorite holiday desserts?[/vc_column_text]


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