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Great tips to pair your desserts like a pro

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Combining your desserts with wine is one of the best options to highlight flavours and live the best sensual experience possible. Take note of these tips and spoil your guests with the most delicious combinations of dessert and wine to your guests at home or get the best out of your next restaurant visit.

  • Cakes: Sweet wines like Sauternes (Bordeaux) make for a great companion for desserts based on fruits and nuts. In other cases, like cakes and such made of creams you’d rather prefer a semi-dry rosé or sparkling.
  • Chocolate desserts: Cakes and other desserts made of chocolate can be accompanied by sweet white, fortified, and natural sweet wines. Also, many choose to go for the risk-free option to avoid any mistake: the Port.
  • Spirits and liqueurs to make desserts: spirits are used for the manufacture of Biscuits or to make reductions. On other occasions, we use those drinks to make ice cream. Examples include brandy like the Poire Williams for pears, Maraschino for cherries and the Grand Marnier for oranges. For chocolate-based desserts, cognacs and brandies are your best choice. In these cases, we recommend pairing the dessert with the same liquor which the dessert has been prepared with.

Candied or dried fruits such as figs, raisins, dates and apricots go very well with Pedro Ximenez wines and aged Muscat.

Nuts such as chestnuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts and peanuts could be combined with fortified wines with a strong and persistent flavour.

Red and black fruits such as cherries, raspberries and strawberries get along very well with young red wines showing more vivid and violet colours.

Citrus fruits may be accompanied by sweet wines with high citrus notes, as aged Muscat.

And remember: For the right pairing, it’s important to consider the balance between fruit flavours and aromas of wines, as well as the fruit’s colour and the wine’s colour which should be similar.

 TAGS:Pedro Ximenez Reserva de Familia 50clPedro Ximenez Reserva de Familia 50cl

Pedro Ximenez Reserva de Familia 50cl: a sweet wine with Málaga DO of the best of Pedro Ximénez-grapes and 17.00º of alcohol. Pedro Ximenez Reserva de Familia 50cl can be matched with desserts.

 

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Moscatel Naranja 50cl: a fortified wine from Málaga DO vinified with  Muscat of Alexandria and Moscatel and has an alcohol content of 15º.

 

 

What wines pair with dried fruits?

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Dried fruits or nuts are star foods that provide a lot of benefits for the body. During autumn, some nuts take centre stage, but they can be eaten throughout the year.

They are good to eat alone, they can accompany meat and poultry sauces, and also fish and other foods in order to balance the diet of consumers.

When we eat nuts, the drinks to pair them with may be different, as they go well with brown beers, sweet wines, reds and whites. Everything depends on the type of dried fruit and its characteristics.

If we choose almonds, we can combine them with those wines that are used for desserts, such as the ones made with Muscat grapes, Chardonnay, Rueda… which will perfect the flavour of almond and the dessert we eat with.

Walnuts are one of the dried fruits with more vitamins and nutrients, and they are good to prevent cardiovascular disease. They can be paired with some red wines, especially from Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which have a powerful taste.

One of the dried fruits protagonists of autumn are chestnuts. They can be eaten when the weather turns cold, for traditional celebrations such as the “Castanyada” in Catalonia and All Saints in many parts of Spain. Chestnuts support many types of pairings, from full-bodied and stout beers to red and rosé wines. They tend to enhance the flavour of chestnuts when they accompany other foods.

As for pine nuts, the wine which does better is the variety of Sauvignon Blanc, which is softer and rich in minerals such as potassium, iron and phosphorus.

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014:is a Marlborough from the Cloudy Bay cellar produced with sauvignon blanc from the 2014 vintage and with an alcohol content of 13.5º.

 

 

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Casa de la Ermita Dulce Tinto Monastrell 50cl: a sweet wine Jumilla with monastrell. Uvinum users reviewed Casa de la Ermita Dulce Tinto Monastrell 50cl with 4,5 points on 5.