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Pairing Wines With Dessert Part 2

When Julian from Vino In Love  and I first started talking about dessert wines and pairing wines with desserts I was so excited and thrilled that he agreed to collaborate with me on this. I sent him a list of desserts that I posted here on my blog and asked him to pair wines or spirits with the desserts. Here is the list and I can’t wait to try each of these. I am learning a lot from the wine experts that I am now following and I look forward to each of their posts. All of the desserts below are featured on my blog, to get the recipes just click on desserts on the category cloud. I didn’t include the recipes on this post because this is about the wine that you would eat with the dessert. You can pair the wine below the photo with a similar dessert without using the exact recipe. To locate these wines you can use this handy dandy tool http://www.wine-searcher.com/ or do like I do, contact your local wine merchant and see if they have them, if not, hopefully your favorite wine shoppe is as wonderful as mine and they can locate these wines for you. Below is the photo of the dessert and Julian’s excellent recommendations. Thank you so much Julian for helping me with this it was so much fun and a real learning experience for me and I hope for all those that follow my blog. Thank you!

Baked Pears

Baked Pears

Stuffed pears en papillote + Donna Fugata – Passito di Pantelleria (intense white sweet wine from Sicily) More info on Donna Fugata: http://www.donnafugata.it/pagine/Homepage.aspx

Mosto Cotto Fig And Goat Cheese Tart

Mosto Cotto Fig And Goat Cheese Tart

Fig and goat cheese tart + Trabucchi d’Illasi – Recioto della Valpolicella (red sweet wine from Veneto. Produced like Amarone but tastes even better.) More information: http://vinoinlove.com/2006-trabucchi-dillasi-amarone-della-valpolicella-doc/

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Buttermilk panna cotta with mosto cotto Champagne grape syrup  + Ceretto – Moscato d’Asti (light, sweet sparkling wine from Piedmont. More information on Ceretto: http://www.ceretto.com/

Pasto Ciotti

Pasti Ciotti

Pasticciotti filled with vanilla cream + Moscato di Trani or with a Passito di Trani (Sweet (sparkling) wine from Apulia; the same region where Pasticciotti are from). Here is a link for information on the wine: http://www.wine-searcher.com/regions-moscato+di+trani

Semolina Olive Oil Cake

Semolina Olive Oil Cake

Semolina olive oil cake +  Trabucchi d’Illasi – Recioto di Soave (white sweet wine from the Veneto) Here is more information on this wine from Julians site: http://vinoinlove.com/2006-trabucchi-dillasi-recioto-di-soave-recioto-di-soave-docg/

Fire On Ice Light and Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta

Fire On Ice Light and Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta

Spicy chocolate panna cotta + Cognac (Brandy from France) NOTE from Suzanne: I am so glad that Julian paired this with cognac, I have been doing something right. I like to serve cognac with this type of dessert, I have Pierre Ferrand Cognac (It’s wonderful with this).

45 Comments Post a comment
  1. Well, I am hungry, and this article won’t be good for me !
    In my family we love to end every meal with a good dessert and frequently with a good white wine.
    This article is a really genious idea because we don’t always know what bottle of wine to match with what dessert and I think your article Suzanne is really clear and clarifies this sooo important problem of wine+dessert ! 🙂
    You did a good job !!

    March 8, 2013
    • Thank you so much, Julian really did it all I just put it together but it is very interesting. I cannot forget French wine and some day soon and can’t forget American wines and wines from other countries. The possibiities are endless.

      March 8, 2013
  2. Oh my! This looks sooo good! I could easily curl up on the couch with one of each on this messy/snowy day!

    March 8, 2013
    • Thanks so much, it’s snowing and very messy out right now. I wish I had one to curl up with.

      March 8, 2013
  3. Such incredible information! So great to share all of this. That semolina olive cake looks so amazingly good and moist. I remember when you posted it. I really want a slice now!

    March 8, 2013
    • Thank you, I am going to make it soon, once I get the wine that goes with. I can’t wait to try it. The cake is one of my favorites.

      March 8, 2013
  4. Yum! Great post!

    March 8, 2013
  5. Very informative post, I love it! Though it did make me very hungry 🙂 I finally got a new computer, it’s good to see my blogging friends again!

    March 8, 2013
    • Missed you, glad you are computerized again!! Thank you, it’s so interesting I just love doing these posts. Glad you are back!

      March 8, 2013
  6. Well done! I hope Julian will venture a bit further than Italy for the next round of pairings, there are stellar Riesling pairings from Germany imaginable…:)

    March 8, 2013
    • Thank you. I was thinking about that today. I love Italian wines but you are so right, Germany, France to name two that have excellent wine. The possibilities are endless. I am very grateful to Julian his picks are outstanding and I cannot wait to try them with each dessert.

      March 8, 2013
      • Yes. Absolutely. And he knows what he is talking about, too, which is always very helpful! It is very tricky to pair desserts and wine, because a lot of the wines we consider “dessert wines” are not named like that because they pair well with dessert, but because they ARE the dessert. 😀

        March 8, 2013
      • Exactly, they are far too sweet to pair with a sweet dessert. This is exactly why I wanted to tackle this, it’s very complex and Julian is truly expert and I am so grateful for his collaboration.

        March 8, 2013
    • wineking3 #

      I supposed you don’t like Italian wines 😉

      March 9, 2013
      • Love Italian wines!

        March 9, 2013
      • I LOVE Italian red wines, whites not so much.

        March 9, 2013
      • I felt very much the same, I have a new found respect and love of Italian whites (prior to this the whites I enjoyed were from France and Germany). The lovely whites that are paired with the desserts I haven’t tried yet but am going to find and purchase them. The two white wines that Stefano from Clicks and Corks recommended with the paella were wonderful and I really enjoy them. I am becoming a convert.

        March 9, 2013
  7. Sean P. #

    Nice wine pairings but I think the post would have been more informative if you had told us wht you paired lets say the semina cake with a Recioto Soave. But maybe that’s just me.
    Very good pairings though- love them 🙂

    March 8, 2013
    • Thanks Sean, thats part 3 which is coming. I didn’t want to make the posts too long so decided to break it up in installments.

      March 8, 2013
      • Sean P. #

        Great idea! Long posts aren’t good you are right! Sorry I did not think abot that!! Lookinf forward to part 3 then.
        The semolina cake looks so awesome. I have to try it.

        March 8, 2013
      • Thank you, that semolina cake is pretty awesome and once I get the wine that Julian recommended I am making it again. If you do try it I hope you like, Thank you again.

        March 8, 2013
    • I agree with Sean. I’d love to learn more about why you two decided to pair these desserts with these wines.

      March 8, 2013
      • Part 3 will be posted tomorrow, fine tuning right now. Thank you and I hope you enjoy the final installment.

        March 8, 2013
  8. Suzanne,
    It was very fun to do this dessert wine pairing. I think it’s great that we worked on this together and this shows that blogging doesn’t have to be an “individual thing”.
    What is there better than delicious food meeting stunning wine?

    March 8, 2013
  9. Thank you Julian, I loved doing this and think that bloggers getting together to bring a well rounded experience is the way it should be. IMHO there is nothing better than good food and a great glass of wine amongst friends. Thank you again.

    March 8, 2013
  10. Suzanne,
    your cooking skills are incredible! I wish I could make desserts like you do then I could pair them with these wine suggestions 🙂
    My favorite of them is Buttermilk pannacota. I really like pannacota in general and moscato d’asti is one of my favorite sparkling wines. I HAVE to try them both together!
    Thanks again for this great post

    March 8, 2013
    • Thank you very much, this was a wonderful experience and I LOVED working with Julian. You are too kind, I do love baking and cooking and have a sweet tooth that that I wish were not so strong. I too love the panna cotta, the buttermilk makes this panna cotta very tangy and delicious. The Mosto Cotto syrup is delcious too! I can’t wait to try the Moscato d/asti with it. Thank you so much again.

      March 8, 2013
  11. wineking3 #

    Great pairings. I like that you guys sticked to an Italian wine theme. Italy offers so many great wines and as far as I know Vino in Love really likes Italian wine 😉

    March 9, 2013
    • Thank you, I love Italian wines, I am Italian and Italian wine has been a staple in my life for a long time. My Grandfather had a small vineyard and made his own wine. So happy to have found Julians site, it’s wonderful, so informative and it truly helps me in my choices.

      March 9, 2013
  12. I’m loving your wine posts – they’re real eye openers. The French tend to be a bit closed-minded about wine and will usually only ever drink French wines. I’ve actually always loved Italian dry whites. I don’t know the reds so well… Anyway, thank you both for some very enlightening information 🙂

    March 9, 2013
    • Thanks so much, yes I have noticed a bit of snobbery regarding French wine, I love it, it’s wonderful but there is a whole world of great wines to try. I so enjoyed these posts and learned so much.

      March 9, 2013
  13. petit4chocolatier #

    Suzanne, scrumptious post! Love the wines and all the desserts 🙂
    You are the best with the recipes!

    March 9, 2013
    • Thanks Judy, I really appreciate the kind words. Thank you! This post would never have happened without the expertise of Julian from Vino in love. He is amazing. I only wish I could have a fraction of his knowledge.

      March 9, 2013
      • petit4chocolatier #

        I stopped over to his blog and commented. I am definitely going to pay more attention to the wines I purchase for dessert pairing. Thank you!

        March 9, 2013
      • I love learning about wines, it shows me how little I know about the correct way to pair wine with food or a dessert. Thank you for checking out his blog, its really so interesting and informative and fun too!

        March 9, 2013
  14. This is great! Thanks for sharing this. I love learning about wine and food pairings.

    March 10, 2013
    • Thank you, it is fascinating. I am woefully ignorant of this and learned so much.

      March 10, 2013
  15. This is a really good post Suzanne. And enlightening too!

    April 20, 2013
  16. Tart with figs is just awesome! Its always good to know about wines!

    July 31, 2013
    • Thank you and I was so curious about wine pairings with dessert, Julian is a wealth of information on wines.

      July 31, 2013

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