Friends, Dessert, Wine – Who Could Ask For More?

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Who doesn’t like spending some time away from the kids and go out with your girlfriends especially during the holidays?  I know I do, and I know several other moms who are in the same boat.  Dinner and wine normally goes hand in hand.  It’s somewhat easy to know what wines go with which foods.   However, when it comes to dessert, everybody gets confused to what the rules are.  When deciding which wine to pair with your food, you need to think about the acidity, intensity, and sweetness of both the wine and the dessert. A good rule of thumb is that the wine should always be sweeter than the dessert. Here is list of a few desserts and what wines go best with them:

If you are eating an apple pie, look at drink a late-harvest Riesling, Various Ice Wines, Muscat, Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Blueberry Wine, Sauternes, and even pink champagne.

If you are eating something with blueberries, you want Brut Sparkling Wines, Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Late-Harvest Riesling, Muscat, or Zinfandel.

The most important mix — chocolate and wine. :) You want to pair chocolate with a Late-Harvest Riesling, Raspberry Wine, Black Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, late-harvest Pinot Noir, Banyuls, Grenache, Australian Shiraz, or port.

If you are having cake, you want Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Late-Harvest Riesling, or Muscat.

If you are having custard or pudding, look for Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Late-Harvest Riesling, Muscat or Asti Spumanti (my personal favorite!).

If fresh fruit is on the menu, you want a Late-Harvest Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, or Muscat.

The best wines that go with nuts are Port, Brut Sparkling Wine, and Angelica.

How do you decide what to pair with dessert? Or do you serve wine with dessert at all?

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Marjoram is actually a member of the mint family, although its delicate flavor is closer to that of oregano.

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If you have a lot of garlic to peel, make your job easier by loosing the skins.  Place a whole head of garlic on a paper plate, and microwave on High for 1 minute.  Let the garlic stand in the oven for 1 minute and then separate the cloves.  When cool enough to handle, you can then peel.

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