How to Pair: Romantic Desserts and Wine

by The Kitchen Gallery Team

We scoured the internet to find you a mix of ideas for your Valentine’s Day dessert menu and what wines to pair with them!

(Don’t forget to check out the links to some wonderful recipes and local businesses!)

  •  Do you love frozen desserts all year long?  Why not make your own sorbet and pair it with Moscato d’Asti!  Almost any sorbet tastes great with this bubbly, semi-sweet dessert wine.  For an even better dessert, pour Moscato over sorbet for a refreshing sorbet float!

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  • If you enjoy coffee with your desserts, try tiramisu paired with Vin Santo.  Vin Santo tastes of nuts, such as hazelnut, with a touch of sweetness, which balances the coffee-flavored tiramisu beautifully.

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  • Pair cheesecake, a classic romantic sweet, with Riesling. The light fruity notes in the wine complement the deeper, more savory notes in the cheesecake!

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  • Chocolate and Chocolate cake pair well with Ports and Cabernet Sauvignons! Both wines enhance the chocolate, but be sure to use this website or something similar to make sure you are using the right wines with the rights variations of chocolates.

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  • To step it up a notch, why not try crème brûlée with Muscat or Gewürztraminer. The aromatic Muscat, used to produce sherry, stands on its own especially with crème brûlée. The Gewürztraminer also has a wonderful aroma, and often a gentle hint of fizz, perfect for aiding in digestion.  **Hint** If your refrigerator runs cold, be sure to open these wines and let them sit out for about 20 minutes before serving to allow their aromas to blossom.

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For those that want their wine and desserts in one why not try Poached Pears with Blackberries and Almond Ice Cream! It’s a treat ensured to show off your skills to those love 😉

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If you are in the Madison area, why not shop local at Square Wine Co. or Table Wine for your beverage needs? These shops have smart prices, a welcoming atmosphere, and extremely helpful staff to help you pick the perfect beverages for your evening in with your loved ones!

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