November 20, 2023 | By Mark Wasserman
The holiday season is upon us and that means indulging in delicious desserts that are synonymous with this festive time of year. But what could make these treats even better? The answer is simple: great wine. We’re toasting to the beauty of three classic holiday dessert-and-wine pairings that make the season even sweeter!
Riesling-Gewürztraminer with shortbread
When it comes to classic shortbread and festive cookies, a delightful wine pairing can take your tasting experience to a whole new level. Case in point: a Riesling-Gewurztraminer blend. This aromatic wine style offers a unique harmony of flavours to complement the buttery, crumbly texture of shortbread and the baking spices of your favourite holiday cookies.
The bright acidity and fruity notes synonymous with the Riesling grape provide a refreshing contrast to the cookie richness. Meanwhile, Gewurztraminer’s floral profile enhances the moment with a layer of aromatic complexity. Our Riesling-Gewürztraminer wine style represents a beautiful synergy honey, floral notes, citrus and crisp acidity, promising to make your holiday cookie experience even more delectable.
Merlot and holiday chocolate of all types
Rich, velvety, and inviting – that’s what you get when you pair Merlot wine styles with chocolate cookies and desserts. Our Chile Merlot wine style features supple tannins and flavors of plums, cherries, and dark chocolate to harmonize wonderfully with the sweet, indulgent goodness of chocolate-based treats for the holidays but any time of year.
When this red’s smooth and rounded character meets that creamy and decadent texture of chocolate desserts: Wow! The style’s fruit-forward notes also provide a perfect balance to the bitterness of the cocoa. It’s a match made in heaven for diehard chocolate fans, whether you’re sipping with chocolate truffles, molten chocolate lava cakes or crunchy, nutty chocolate bark.
Pinot Noir Rosé with classic holiday cheesecake
Classic cheesecakes topped with a medley of berries are a delightful way to round off a festive meal. To accentuate these flavors, our Pinot Noir Rosé wine style is an ideal choice. This wine’s light and refreshing profile with hints of red berries and floral notes suit classic New York-style cheesecake perfectly – regardless of your chosen berry topping. Bright acidity in this style enhances the fruit’s freshness and tartness to create a tantalizing contrast. The wine’s crisp elegance is also a delicious foil to the creamy richness of that cheese: simply sensational!
Finding the right wine to pair with classic holiday desserts will definitely help close the year off with a sweet and stylish flourish – whether you’re enjoying shortbread, chocolate or your very best, homemade brandied-berry cheesecake. Great food, great wine: We’re definitely raising a glass to these traditions!