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Pairing Sweets with Sweets

Dessert is our favourite part of the meal. We can all agree with that right? When you go to dinner you take a peak at the dessert menu just to see if it is worth saving extra space for dessert. Well how about you pair your dessert with wine? They are both delicious, so why not put them together?

When doing this, there is one golden rule that you need to keep in mind, the wine should be sweeter than the dessert. We have gathered some pairing suggestions for your favourite desserts.

Fruit Desserts and Ice Cream

If you are indulging in fruity desserts, you should reach for the Gewürztraminer. Its firm acidity balances the sugars in the fruit of the desserts. Gewürztraminers can be either sweet or dry, so you can really decide for yourself how sweet you would like your wine. It is a delicious varietal and with aromas of mango, passion fruit, lychee nuts and nectarines, it’s a great wine when pairing desserts.

When it comes to ice cream, finding a wine paring can be a bit of a challenge, because the ice cream is frozen and will probably numb your palate. So we suggest you pair it with a Sherry. You can either sip it or pour it on top of your ice cream dessert, or you can be a rebel and do both.

Cheesecake

When you think of cheesecake, the first thing that comes to mind is richness and creaminess. It is only fair to pair it with wines that possess a little richness themselves, such as Sauternes from France, a Gewürztraminer, or Riesling from Alsace. A light sparkling white wine will do the job. Its sweetness accentuates the flavour of a chocolate cheesecake with fruit accents such as raspberry, strawberry or blueberry. So keep a bottle of light sparkling wine on hand, because you never know when you have a sweet tooth that requires more than a piece of cake.   

If you absolutely don’t want to go with a sweet wine, try a Rosé or even a light floral red wine such as a Beaujolais with flavours of strawberry and/or raspberry.

There are so many different desserts that the posibilities are endless. For more information on how to pair wines with your favourite desserts, please go to our Food & Wine: Desserts page!