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- newsguy - 04-08-2009 11:33 AM

i'm bringing the wines to easter dinner. pairing with the appetizers through main course is a snap, but since i'm completely out of dessert wines and will have to buy something for the occasion, i figured i'd see what varietal and/or specific bottling folks would suggest to pair with the following. any specific bottlings should be fairly easy to find and $20 or under for a .375 bottle.

Dessert: Assorted fruit crisps warm from the oven (apple, blueberry and peach) with homemade cinnamon caramel ice cream, almond pound cake with strawberries and cream.

thanks in advance, and happy holidays to all.


- Innkeeper - 04-08-2009 06:54 PM

Most widely distributed would be: Bonny Doon Vineyard, Muscat Vin de Glaciere.


- Kcwhippet - 04-08-2009 07:34 PM

Haven't bought that one in awhile have you, IK? Bonny Doon sold off several of their parts. Pacific Rim Riesling and Vin de Glaciere went to a newly formed winery called - ta da - Pacific Rim. The Vin de Glaciere is now made from "post harvest frozen Riesling grapes." Notice, it's no longer Muscat from California, but Riesling from the Yakima Valley.


- wondersofwine - 04-09-2009 12:31 PM

A German Riesling Spatlese or Auslese should pair nicely with apple or peach crisp (often have peachy notes.) At the half bottle size should be available for $20 or less. I like Tawny Port with anything with almonds and should do well with caramel ice cream but a 10-year old Tawny Port might go over your $20 figure. (My favorites are Cockburn and Niepoort but also like Sandeman.) If you are emphasizing the strawberries a Brachetto d'Acqui is a good match.


- newsguy - 04-09-2009 03:45 PM

the wine i was thinking of myself was that bonny doon ice wine (i loved that in the past, especially considering price), but i wasn't finding it around. now i know why. [Image: wink.gif]

and another person has recommended the pacific rim vin de glaciere as well. interesting now that it's replaced the bonny doon. but now it's made from a different varietal in a different state.

i didn't even think about a port to go with the ice cream and pound cake. but i tend not to like 'em until they have at least 20 years on them, and that's why out of the price range on this buy.

pacific rim it is, i think.

thanks!


- wdonovan - 04-14-2009 12:16 PM

I know it's over but in case anyone else searches....
Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, St. Jean de Minervois or Moscato di Asti. All less sweet than most dessert wines but your desserts are not extremely sugary.