if you're planning to make a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving here are some great wine and other pairings to serve with it.
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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