Match of the week | Cherry, pistachio and coconut cake and Seifried 'Sweet Agnes' riesling

Match of the week

Cherry, pistachio and coconut cake and Seifried 'Sweet Agnes' riesling

Until last night I was confident what I was going to make my match of the week, this week - the unlikely but delicious combination of a Langhe Nebbiolo and Berkswell sheep’s cheese but last night I was blown away by this pairing.

The cake was one I’d been eyeing in the new Honey & Co cookbook, my favourite cookbook of the summer so far, having spotted it in their charming London café. It was as good as it looked - with a lovely flavour of cherry and coconut.

We cast around for something to drink with it and came up with a medal winning 2012* Seifried ‘Sweet Agnes’ late harvest riesling from the Nelson region of New Zealand, a really lovely, light (11%) graceful wine I’ve enjoyed before with desserts. You can buy it in several independents (check wine-searcher.com for outlets), branches of Laithwaite's and at selected branches of Waitrose and online at Waitrose Cellar for £13.99.

I’m also thinking a sweet red would be possible - a recioto della Valpolicella for example - or a cherry liqueur like Guignolet. Maybe even a Japanese plum wine …

Anyway the recipe is great. I’ll see if I can persuade the publisher Salt Yard to let me share it on the site but you should in any case buy the book.

* The current vintage is 2013

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