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A Guide to Food and Wine Pairings: Sweet

Continuing our guides on wine pairings this article will discuss the best way to pick wines to pair with sweets and desserts. 

Desserts are not as easy to pair with wine as you might think. A good rule of thumb to use is when a dish or dessert is sweet, select a wine with a greater degree of sweetness to serve with it. This is because sugar in foods can make a dry wine taste bitter, astringent, and decrease its body and fruitiness often resulting in an unpleasant taste. To combat this we recommend lower alcohol wines with 

Brownie Cheesecake

For this yummy, creamy, chocolatey concoction of brownie batter and cream cheese, you will need a wine that can stand up to the sweetness as well as the fat. For the perfect pairing turn to the appellation of Sauternes in Bordeaux for a delicious sweet wine of the same name. It is a lusciously sweet wine made from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes. Its full-body, high acidity, and flavors of honey, ginger, ripe apricot, and cloying sweetness will stand up to the sweetness of the cheesecake and bring pleasure to your palate. Sauternes can be expensive so look for its cousin from the nearby appellation of Cadillac for a similar wine at a more modest price.

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