Valentine's Day: Wine and Dessert Matching Guide
Get your delicious on and surprise your someone special with these decadent wine and dessert matches. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge, so whether you get busy in the kitchen, pop to your favourite patisserie, or dine out with your darling, you’ll enjoy the perfect pairings.
STICKY DATE PUDDING
An all-round favourite, and wonderfully warm, sticky and fragrant, sticky date pudding is the perfect dessert to enjoy with Topaque – its delicious caramel-like flavour richness and depth is divine.
Home-made cheesecake usually isn’t overly sweet, so an off-dry (semi-sweet) Riesling style is a delicious match as it has just a hint of sweetness.
Who’s a tart? Sweet yet tartly astringent, good lemon tart is ideal with Late Harvest wines – especially those made with Riesling due to the variety’s classic lemon and lime characters.
A quality apple pie should actually have some attractive savoury elements, so you should only need an off-dry wine like a slightly sweet Prosecco to take it to the next level of yumminess.
CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIE
Mmmmmmmm chocolate. Muscat is sweet, rich, warm and chocolatey, so it’s the natural choice with chocolate-based desserts like gooey chocolate fudge brownie.
Tiramisu is such a comforting and textural dessert. Its layers of unravelling flavours make the gentle complexity of a Tawny the perfect accompaniment – don’t fight the temptation!
Ooh la la! Creamy and rich with fabulous texture due to the smokey toffee crunch, brûlée and other cream-based desserts are fabulous with the marmalade richness and wonderful texture of Botrytis-affected wines.
For more great food and wine combinations, be sure to check out our dedicated Food and Wine Pairing pages.