Updated September 28, 2010
Catherine A. asks Tim –“With the fall season brings the delicious smell of baked apple pies, fruit tartes, and candied apricots. Autumn is here! Tim I need your help on serving these decadent desserts with the right wines! I'm not quite sure where to start.”
Tim responds –
I am more than ready to say "toodaloo" to this summer heat and warmly welcome the fall weather, colors and most importantly the FOOD-- OK, mainly the desserts! Since I am a wine guy, I cannot pass up any dessert without pairing it with a delectable dessert wine. Many people are unaware of the vast selection of these wines and how to pair them properly with their sweet dishes. A note to remember, dessert wines can stand alone or can complement any dessert. Choose a wine that is sweeter than your dessert. This way it will stand out on its own and not have its flavors masked. The fall season is the greatest time to experiment with dessert wines as fall fruits such as apricots, cranberries, apples, and pears are all winners with dessert wines. I suggest Hogue Cellars Late Harvest White Riesling paired with apple pie, fruit tarte, cheesecake, and white chocolate-based desserts. For the chocolate lover, I suggest Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto Red Sparkling Wine. The flavors of ripe raspberry and juicy strawberry are a sinful combo with that you and your family will enjoy!