Match of the week | Caramel-flavoured desserts and tawny port

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Caramel-flavoured desserts and tawny port

Last week I was in northern Portugal where I think it's fair to say a fair bit of port was consumed. There was one striking finding from a food and wine pairing point of view: that toffee- or caramel-flavoured desserts are a perfect match for tawny port.

First there was what was described as canary pudding a moulded sponge swimming in a luscious caramel sauce. That went brilliantly with a 30 year old Sandeman tawny.

Then a caramelised almond cheesecake which was a perfect partner for their 10 year old tawny.

We were also reminded that tawny port is a great pairing for Portuguese custard tarts - or indeed anything sugary and eggy. In fact their CEO Manuel da Cunha Guedes whisked up some egg yolks and sugar at the table, poured a dash of 30 year old port into it (the extravagance!) and handed it to me to taste. It was utterly delicious - exactly the kind of treat to get someone to make for you when you're feeling slightly poorly. Consign that to memory and you may have cause to thank me. Or, rather Manuel.

See also Which foods match best with tawny port

I visited Portugal as a guest of Sogrape Vinhos and Liberty Wines

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