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.

Other Pudddings

  • 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
  • Chocolate 
    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
  • Tarte Tatin 
    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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