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Guest Post: Top 5 Wines & Desserts


Top 5 Wine & Dessert Pairings

Author Bio: Michael Lowecroft is passionate about wines and vintage whisky, and is always looking for great purchases before he invites friends and family around for dinner. Michael lives in London with his wife and is a management consultant for a living.

Short of spending your time scouring the shelves of your local supermarket or specialist wine retailer and looking for wines specifically labelled as “Dessert Wines,” or embarrassingly having to ask for advice because, despite wanting to appear a wine connoisseur, you have no idea of what to look for or buy, it can be difficult to match wine with dessert.
Most people, after buying wine for a dinner on a few occasions, know what goes well with chicken or lamb, for example, but make what might be seen as a fatal etiquette error by simply sticking with the same wine for the dessert. Whether this is a better or worse scenario than pulling out a bottle of port or sherry under the assumption that it’s a dessert accompaniment “for all seasons,” we’ll leave up to you to decide.
We’ve also decided to help you out with five wines that are great for desserts, and have even added a dessert suggestion so you can’t go wrong!


Muscat Wines
Wines produced from the Muscat grape variety are excellent for desserts, and can be an option whatever you’re serving given you can get Muscat wines in everything from almost perfectly clear to near black.
Go for a citrus Muscat wine if you’re serving light or fruit based desserts; keep the darker Muscat wines for chocolate cakes and gateau.
Riesling
Riesling is perfect for serving with pastry-based desserts, particularly apple pie and similar recipes, especially if they’re home baked. Riesling is also great as a table wine and is one of the few drinks you could probably get away with giving to guests at all stages of the meal, although it would obviously depend on what you were serving as the starter and main course. It is probably safer to keep it chilled ready to complement a hot dessert later.
Dark Zinfandel
White Zinfandel is one of the world’s most popular versions of rosé wine, but it is the strong, dark red version we are interested in here. Much like a dark Muscat wine, dark zinfandels are perfect for chocolate-based desserts, particularly if you’ve made small treats such as cupcakes or baked a chocolate brownie yourself.
If any of your chocolate dessert recipes call for red wine, be sure to use a different one to the one you’re planning to serve!
Ice Wine
This is one of the wines that you should look out for if you’re trying to appear in the know when it comes to dessert wine. If you’re buying in Europe, look out for the German spelling – Eiswein – so you aren’t caught out. Unlike other wines, you’re not looking for too much of a contrast with this one, so serve it with simple desserts like ice cream.
Asti
Asti is actually made with white Muscat grapes, but the name refers specifically to the Italian region where the grapes are grown (Muscat grapes grow all around the world). Asti is typically refreshing and crisp and is great for light sponge cakes and desserts like meringue, and its relatively low alcohol content makes it a great end of the meal drink before you perhaps move onto spirits or make the coffee.



Guest Post brought to you by Vintage Wine Gifts.

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