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Classic Holiday Desserts With Wine: Part 2

It’s Wine Wednesday and the response to Part I of Holiday Desserts with Wine was amazing, so we’re back with the final 3 of 6 classic holiday desserts paired with vino. Let’s get right to it!


Pumpkin Pie: It’s difficult to make it through the holidays without having a piece of pumpkin pie and there are few desserts that are as comforting. With pumpkin, cream cheese, cinnamon, ginger and sugar think about pairing with lightly creamy, red berry, lightly spicy or floral wines. Think caramel. Based on that it would appear we have white and red options to consider. Some wine types that pair well are Riesling, Ice wine, Gewürztraminer, White Bordeaux, Zinfandel and Port or Sherry. Consider the following options:

Poet’s Leap Riesling

Starting at: $14.94 – WebWine, Total Wine,

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Cockburn 20 Yr Old Tawny Port

Starting at: $32.99 (Half Liter) – Total Wine,, International Wine Shop

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold



Double Chocolate Brownies: Cocoa, dark chocolate, chocolate chunks and your favorite nuts are the bulk of this holiday favorite. Given that we explored chocolate and wine earlier this week, we’re guessing you already have some ideas in mind! You may prefer a Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon but try the following suggestions:

Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2008

Starting at: $89.95 –, HookedOnWine,

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Hahn Estates Meritage Red Blend 2011

Starting at: $11.95 – LA Wine Co., Total Wine,,

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold



Red Velvet Cheesecake: There always seems to be a shortage of cheesecake around the holidays, which speaks to its popularity. With chocolate and cream cheese dominating the palate, alongside hints of lemon, butter and buttermilk, it’s not hard to understand. Due to the overly sweet nature of this dessert look for lightly fruity red wines. Try Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, Petit (Verdot or Sirah) or Zinfandel (Rose). Consider the following:

Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2011

Starting at: $14.95 –,,

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Silver

Brazin Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2010

Starting at: $12.99 – B-21, WineWorks,

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Silver


Thanks for joining us as we explored holiday desserts with wine pairings. You’ll be a hit when you show up with the right wine for that meals dessert with wine. You’ve been warned! 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. Happy Holidays!

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