Top pairings | The best pairings for apple desserts

Top pairings

The best pairings for apple desserts

Apple tarts are one of the most flattering desserts to match with sweet wines but what do you drink with other apple-based desserts?

Light apple-flavoured mousses, parfaits and sorbets

Try an off-dry Prosecco, Moscato d’Asti or a German spätlese Riesling

Traditional apple pies and crumbles

Generally served hot or warm which can complicate the pairing. A Gewürztraminer is the best pairing I've found, especially if the dessert includes a little cinnamon. An orangey Moscatel such as inexpensive Moscatel de Valencia can also work well or you could try a sweet cider

French-style apple tarts

A classic partner for fine dessert wines such as Sauternes or similar sweet wines from Bordeaux and south-west France - in fact almost any late-harvest Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon. Chenin-based dessert wines from the Loire such as Coteaux du Layon and Vouvray or Montlouis moelleux are also delicious as is a late harvest Riesling

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin is richer and more caramelly - a Muscat - or even liqueur Muscat from Australia would work better

Baked apples

Best with a vintage or festive ale or a barley wine.

See Sybil Kapoor's lovely recipe for apple and blackberry meringue

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Beccy Massey on September 16 2012 at 21:11

In the past I've paired Bonme, a moscato based vermouth, with apple pie. It reckon it would work well with most apple based desserts.

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