Wine Wednesday: Savory Suggestions for Dessert and Wine Pairings

Whether you're enjoying dinner with your guy, or vegging out on the couch and watching your favorite series, nothing brings the evening to a more dramatic ending than a decadent dessert. Of course, you can always punctuate it with an exclamation point by pairing dessert with a tasty wine.




Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - Dinner has ended, and the waiter asks if you would like dessert. Like most girls, you shyly say no, but on the inside, you're hoping your guy will order a piece of the homemade red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. After all, he sees you still have some of the Viña Pomal Crianza 2009 ($15) in your glass. Out comes the waiter with cake and two spoons in hand; that's why he's your guy. It's the licorice and cinnamon flavors of the wine that bring out the hidden dash of cocoa that makes red velvet cake so distinctive.

Crème Brûlée - What do you know? Two date nights in a row. Well, a girl has to enjoy the sweet things in life, like a crunchy, caramelized topping that breaks through to a creamy custard. No better way to wash it all down than with the Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling ($9). The wine is described as medium-dry, meaning that it has a hint of sweet fruitiness that enriches the burnt sugar topping and melds with the custard's vanilla flavoring.

Gummy Bears and/or Jelly Beans - Should you choose gummy bears or jelly beans? When you just want the chewy, fruity flavors, it's the gummies. When you want chewy, fruity, but with a little candy crunch, it's the jelly beans. Either way, it's the Markham Napa Valley Chardonnay ($15) that washes it all down. The wine has vanilla, butterscotch, and fruity flavors of apricot and lemon. Hey, wait a minute! The wine sounds just like a handful of gummies or jelly beans. That's why they get along so well.

Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafers - This is definitely one for those mindless nights when you own the clicker and are all comfy in your favorite, but practically worn out, flannel PJs. Creamy banana pudding mixed with crunchy wafers that soften the longer they sit in the pudding; what could be better? How about enjoying it with a glass of the Tormaresca Chardonnay Puglia ($13)? The wine has fresh minerality and peachy/citrusy flavors that enhance the pudding's fruity, banana flavor.

Chocolate Chip Cookies - Remember those tubs of frozen cookie dough you had to sell for school fundraisers? Those are THE best to have on hand when that chocolate chip cookie craving hits. Turn on the oven, pop in the frozen dough balls and 15 minutes later you have gooey, warm chocolate chip cookies. While you wait for those cookies to slowly rise, open a bottle of the Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno ($10). A blend of 70 percent Sangiovese and 30 percent Montepulciano, the wine is soft with red berry flavors that work perfectly with the chocolate and balance the sugary cookie.



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Wine Wednesday: Wine Pairing 101

Cecelia Messina is a certified sommelier. Her travels have allowed her to experience the wonders of wine, beer, spirits, and food. She first learned about wine in Argentina, fueling her desire to open a small, neighborhood wine boutique in 2001 and to share the world of wine with others.