Food & Wine Matching Christmas Pudding
Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies are delicious with the similarly flavoured aged Tawny Ports and rich Madeiras; both wines go very well with rich chocolate desserts too. With a traditional sherry trifle serve a sweet Sherry (sweet Oloroso Sherry or Pedro Ximenez) or a botrytised Australian Semillon.
Fruit based puddings
Most fruit-based puddings are not very sweet (when compared to other desserts) and quite high in acid; the same characteristics can be found in sweet Loire wines and German Riesling Spatlese, Auslese and Beerenauslesese
The ladies’ favourite but the most difficult to match. Wines need to be ultra-sweet and full of flavour to match the chocolate. Aged Tawny Port is one of the best choices, but if you insist on white wine try a Muscat de Beaumes Venise instead
The high acidity from the apples and intense sweetness of the caramel are a perfect match to top quality Barsac or Sauternes. Simpler apple pies and tarts need a less sweet wine like other fruit-based desserts (see above)
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