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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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