Match of the week
Tiramisu and oxidised sweet wines
This doesn’t, I admit, sound a particularly tempting proposition so let me explain. By oxidised sweet wines I mean dessert wines which have been deliberately exposed to air through extended barrel ageing, giving them a complex nutty, treacley flavour.
The perfect example is a Corsican wine called Rappu from Domaine Gentile I tasted at Il Vino d’Enrico Bernardo, the wine bar in Paris I mentioned the other day which provides just the right dried fruit flavours to complement the coffee, cream and chocolate notes of a tiramisu. Other wines that would do a similar job would be a Rivesaltes vieux ambrée or an Italian or Greek Vin Santo.
Tiramisu is in fact a great foil for all kinds of interesting drinks. You could also pair it with an old sweet oloroso sherry, Bual Madeira or Moscatel, a hazelnut flavoured liqueur like Frangelico or a coffee-flavoured one like Kahlua. or simply follow it with an espresso coffee to echo the coffee notes and balance any excess sweetness.
Got other ideas? Do email your favourite pairings to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe to our free monthly newsletter and be eligible to enter our fabulous prize draws click here or to get notice of posts as soon as they're published click here.