Overall Winner: Sweet Muscats are a good match with most desserts
Milk Chocolate: Sweet Muscat, Tawny Port, Sweet Olorosso, Madeira
Try pairing with oxidative, fortified styles, whose nutty complexity both complements and cuts through the richness of milk chocolate.
Think of a Muscat de Rivesaltes, a Tawny Port
, a sweet Oloroso Sherry
, a medium-sweet Bual & Terrantez Madeira or a lusciously sweet Malvasia Madeira (Malmsey)
Dark Chocolate: Sweet Muscat, Tawny Port, Sweet Olorosso, Madeira
Look for a dry red soft and fruity wine with a rich, chocolate texture and flavour like Malbec
, Amarone della Valpolicella
, or a fortified sweet wine like Pedro Ximenez Sherry
The King’s Ginger liqueur also makes for a brilliant match, or else try a Malt Whisky.
White Chocolate: Muscat, Prosecco
White is the most difficult chocolate to match. Try light, frothy wines with floral notes like Prosecco
, or wines with the grapey freshness of the Muscat grape such as Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
, Moscato d'Asti
, Recioto di Soave
Muscat's apricot and white peach notes with citric hints and a whiff of mandarins make it a wonderfully refreshing combination with pure white chocolate.
Profiteroles/Chocolate Ice Cream: Muscat
Profiteroles with lots of cream and chocolate sauce, or Chocolate Ice Cream would match with a rich, sweet Muscat like Rutherglen Muscat
, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise.
Death by Chocolate: Liqueur Muscat
The really rich, heavy chocolate dishes, like Death by Chocolate, need an extremely sweet Liqueur Muscat
, Pedro Ximenez Sherry
or even a Tawny Port
Crème Brûlée/Creme Caramel: Sauternes, Barsac
or botrytised Semillon would be delicious with both Crème Brûlée and Cream Caramel.
Vanilla Ice Cream: PX Sherry or Liqueur Muscat
Served alone, Vanilla Ice Cream is sublime with PX Sherry
or a liqueur Muscat
, in fact you could just pour these wines over the ice cream as a sauce!
Custard: Sweet Riesling or Muscat
Custard made at home properly is lovely with sweet Rieslings
Treacle Tart/Pecan Pie: Liqueur Muscat
For very sweet Treacle Tart and Pecan Pie try a liqueur Muscat
or a Tokaji Aszú
Bakewell Pudding: Sauternes
Bakewell Pudding is lighter and so look to unfortified-wines like Sauternes.
Apple Pie/Apple Tart: Côteaux du Layon
Apple Pie or Apple Tart is perfect with Côteaux du Layon or a very sweet German wine, as is a Fruit Tart.
Lemon Tart/Lemon Meringue Pie: Eiswein
Both Lemon Tart and Lemon Meringue Pie work with young Sauternes
or Eiswein Riesling wines
Fruit Salad/Strawberries: Moscato d'Asti
Fruit Salad or Strawberries are frivolous with a light sparkling wine like Moscato d'Asti
or if you like lashings of sugar and cream try a German Auslese and Beerenauslese
as well as a Sélection de Grains Nobles
Raspberries/Summer Pudding: German Auslese, Beerenauslese
Raspberries or Summer Pudding would also work with the German Auslese and Beerenauslese
, and maybe even a chilled, youthful Beaujolais Villages.
Tarte Tatin: Sauternes
and Tarte Tatin is a delicious combination.
Banoffee Pie: Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
For an incredibly sweet Banoffee Pie try a Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
or a Tokaji Aszu
Caramelised Oranges: Moscato Passito
Caramelised Oranges would go with Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
or a Tokaji Aszu
, or if you can track down a hard to find an Italian Moscato Passito that would be even better.
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