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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dessert Party at Home: Sweet & Drink Pairings


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I love to bake at the holidays, but my family really doesn't need the extra calories that it brings. My solution is to entertain! As most of us Disney fans have learned, if you bake it, they will come. So why not through a dessert party at home? Decorate the house with festive trimmings from World Showcase pavilions and show off some of your favorite wines. Set up small dessert stations through your house to keep your guests moving and mingling, each should feature holiday decor and a dessert or wine from it's theme country.

Dessert TableDessert Table

Here are a few of my suggestions for pairing the right wine with your desserts:

Custard and vanilla
Flavors are mild and light, these should be mirrored in both the dessert and the wine. I would pair a sweet Riesling with this, Germany has some wonderful Rieslings, but my favorite is from Washington State and made by Pacific Rim. Sparkling wine is always a hit in my house and what Disney often chooses to pair with desserts at the Food & Wine Festival. Choose an Extra-Dry Sparkler, but in general stay away from anything labeled "Brut" with desserts.

Fruit and spice
Though once only in the realm of German wines, the introduction of Canadian vintages has fueled Ice Wine’s recent, tremendous rise in popularity. A fruity apple and brown butter tart would be the perfect pairing for a silky, ultra sweet Canadian Ice Wine from Inniskillin or Jackson Triggs. "Duncan Heinz Apricot Cream Cake" would also be a spectacular pairing with an Ice Wine.

Chocolates
When pairing sparkling wines with dessert you should remember this rule; as the color of your desserts get darker, so should the wine that you pair with it. If you're serving a deep dark chocolate, nothing quite pairs with it light the Disney cult favorite, Rosa Regale. From the piedmont region of Italy, it's overtones of raspberry and rose petal in this sparkling red brachetto make it a spectacular pair with "Duncan Heinz Decadent Triple Chocolate Cake" with a rich chocolate Glaze.

I hope that this post has helped to give you ideas for your own holiday dessert party! If you try any of my pairings come back and leave me a comment to let me know what you thought. Remember to check out Duncan Hines' website www.duncanhines.com to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective

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