Food & Wine Matching Guide: Christmas Desserts
It really is the time of year to indulge! Nothing is more delectable than a delicious dessert paired with an equally divine wine, so we’ve put this guide together to make sure your festive season is sufficiently sweet.
The main consideration with a sweet pairing is that the wine is at least as sweet as the dessert, as a dessert that’s sweeter than the wine will make the wine taste dull and knock out its character.
Traditional Christmas pudding
Deliciously sweet and warm, you’ll need a wine with similar attributes.
Pair with: Tawny or Vintage Fortified
Crunchy and textural yet fruit-sweet, choose an off-dry, not overly sweet wine style.
Pair with: Sweeter Prosecco or off-dry Moscato
Trifle or Tiramisu
Soft and luscious with layers of flavour, trifle needs a medium-sweet wine match.
Pair with: Late harvest Semillon or Riesling (not too sweet)
Sticky date with caramel sauce or warm gingerbread pudding
Super-sweet and decadent, you’ll need wine with a generous core of sweet fruit.
Pair with: Topaque
Rum balls or Fruit Mince Pies
For the ultimate pairing go for the richest and most luscious sweet wines.
Pair with: Muscat or Pedro Ximenez sweet sherry
For more great food and wine combinations, be sure to visit our dedicated Food and Wine Pairing pages.