With Thanksgiving coming up this Thursday here are some great pairings for pumpkin pie which I’ve updated from my previous article here.
Pumpkin pie tends to be very sweet and often a little bit spicy which means that it will overwhelm a lot of lighter dessert wines so you might as well go for broke and serve something equally luscious.
Australian Liqueur muscat
So what could be better than a treacley Australian liqueur muscat otherwise known as a sticky? Stanton & Killeen do a great Rutherglen Muscat or try De Bortoli’s Show Liqueur Muscat.
The Aussies also make great tawny-port style wines which are a sweeter and less woody than the traditional Portuguese versions. Try the utterly delicious Grant Burge 10 year old tawny (also a great match for Stilton if you’re thinking ahead to Christmas) or Bleasdale’s The Wise One tawny.
Dark cream or sweet oloroso sherry
Delectable raisiny sherry is also a great match for pumpkin pie - and incredibly good value. Your local supermarket should have an own-label one - I also like Avery's (also great with mince pies). Sweet malmsey madeiras and marsala dolce will do a similar job.
If you find these suggestions just too sweet or if your pie is made in a lighter style like Rowley Leigh's version here you could go for the contrasting acidity of a late harvest riesling. Or try a French muscat like St Jean de Minervois.
. . .which is not wine but a strong sweet beer - absolutely brilliant with pumpkin pie. Try J W Lees Harvest Ale.
and finally . . . a tot of rich, sweet dark rum
In fact one of the new spiced rums would work pretty well - The Kraken Black Spiced rum (available in larger branches of Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose as well as online) would be a great colour contrast. Serve in small shot or liqueur glasses.
Here’s my own recipe for a roast pumpkin and pecan pie together with some other suggestions for Hallowe’en entertaining if you’re not having to trick or treat!
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