Wine Pairings for Holiday Desserts

No holiday get-together is complete without decadent desserts! Whether it’s chocolatey Christmas cake, spiced pumpkin pie, or nutty rugelach, having the perfect wine to compliment these indulgent treats makes a sweet moment even more memorable! Join us at Advanced Biotech as we take at our favorite dessert wines and their ideal confectionary pairings.



                Light to medium-bodied wines sweet wines are often sweet, delicate, and fresh and are popularly made with notes of peach, orange, or honey. Typically, white or sparkling, this category of wine also tends to be quite acidic, and because they are neither heavy nor overly sweet, they are perfect to enjoy on their own but also pair wonderfully with a number of desserts. Light, creamy desserts like lemon bars, and other fruity puddings containing flavor elements like raspberry, cherry, and almond also pair well with these mild wines.



                Having little residual sugar after processing, dry wines like Riesling are perfect for light and fluffy desserts like parfaits, mousses, and tiramisu. Their low sugar content also helps to cut through rich desserts like cheesecake and crème brûlée, and compliments sweeter fruits like strawberries and fruit compotes very well. Crisp, honeyed, and with a hint of citrus, dry wines are the perfect way to end a day of holiday indulgence.



                The ultimate in indulgence, port wines are prefect when it comes to after dinner truffles or a slice of rich, chocolatey yule log cake.  Often imbued with notes of chocolate, caramel, and even coffee, port is a dark red, fortified wine with origins in Portugal. Port also pairs well with traditional British puddings flavored with plum, raisins, dried spices like cinnamon and clove, and soaked in brandy for the ultimate nightcap.


The holidays are meant to be shared with friends and family and celebrated with great food and drinks. Pairing your favorite festive treat with an equally delicious wine helps to bring out the natural flavors of both to create an unforgettable tasting experience.