5 Unexpected Holiday Dessert and Wine Pairings

5 Unexpected Holiday Dessert and Wine Pairings

(Posted by Paste Magazine, November 19, 2015)

Make room for dessert…wine

What’s better than dessert?  The answer is simple:  dessert wine.  That syrupy ambrosia,  that delightful nectar!  How it tickles the tongue,  placates the belly,  and soothes the mind.  The holidays are here,  and it’s a wonderful time to double fist at dessert,  with a spoon in one hand and a cordial glass in the other.  Here are five merry pairings with desserts to make any season joyful.

Pumpkin Pie with Late-Harvest Sicilian Syrah

The Camporeale Kaid Late Harvest hits like cupid’s arrow:  one touch,  and the imbiber falls hopelessly in love.  The Sicilian dessert wine has a very earthy,  soft,  sweet-but-not-too-sweet taste with notes of wild cherry , tobacco,  and black pepper.  An American fall holiday classic,  pumpkin pie bears a similar hearty warmth.  These mini-pies came from pastry chef Diana Valenzuela atélan restaurant,  who makes hers with a five-spice and amaro crust,  topped with lavender pecans.  The pairing is a crowd pleaser,  as the more savory of American desserts balances delightfully with this very sweet wine.  The earthy notes of both the pumpkin and the wine came out together,  giving a very grounded, comforting effect.

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