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Mon Sherry: Dessert Wines and Divine Pairings

Updated: Sep 17, 2022

What’s better than dessert?

Here at Artisan Excursions, the answer is pretty straightforward: dessert paired with the right wine!

Nothing soothes the mind and placates the appetite like a spoonful of delightful dessert. And with a cordial glass in the other hand, it’s possible to make dinner even more enjoyable.

Here are some of our favorite combinations of wines and desserts, done right!

Pecan Pie Paired With Pedro Ximenez Sherry

Pecan pie is one of the sweetest desserts ever. But that flavor is garnered from the piles of brown sugar, molasses and dark honey that go into it. This makes for an exquisite combination with a strong yet succulent Pedro Ximenez Sherry that is also on the sweeter side but with a smokiness that helps it stand apart. The sherry somewhat resembles whisky in the way it hits the palate. This makes for a very corpulent combination, like a very luxurious party in your mouth!

Pumpkin Pie with Late-Harvest Sicilian Syrah

Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving, or it’s a just-because Pumpkin Pie—why not make the occasion better with some sweet Syrah?

The Sicilian classic goes well with savory American desserts but is particularly complementary to the earthy notes of pumpkin. The two come together to create a very comforting palate with a grounded, almost soothing effect.


Chocolate Cake with Moscato

Nothing represents ‘decadence’ like a well done chocolate cake. And you will need a dessert wine that cuts into the sweetness overload, without cutting down on that decidedly divine taste of chocolate cake. The bubble Moscato also takes away from the heaviness and offers a refreshing touch of acidity to the palate. This is a perfect pairing for chocolate cake; give it a try!

The Last Word: Experiment to Find the Right Balance For You

Personal palate profiles can vary greatly from person to person. Mentioned above are just some of our favorites Why not try some exciting dessert wine and dessert combinations on your own to find out what appeals to you the most?

Remember that aged wines and those made with white grapes work well with pie. The fruity desert wines that are packages quite young are stronger, and should be left to savor with chocolate based deserts.

Let us help you find some remarkable wines with a comprehensive and affordable wine tasting tour. You are bound to find some remarkable favorites on your Solvang wine tour with us! Call us at 805 734 7565 to learn more!

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