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Traditional style dessert wines as well as the specialty flavoured limited release styles are not just for sipping after dinner with dessert. As such a great finish to a meal, with the full body, higher alcohol and sweetness, this wine tends to get left as a stand alone sipper or paired with sweet desserts.

Truly it’s time to get out of that box and let this wine sing! With our Selection Specialé Dessert Style wine, try pairing with ginger. Gingerbread cookies can temper the sweetness, while the spice livens the characteristics of the wine. If you try this and like it, experiment further. What is it like with a savory option? How is it with sushi and pickled ginger?

With our Limited Release specialty flavoured dessert wines, we have had lots of opportunities to try great sweet and savory pairings.

Chocolate Raspberry: the original flagship flavour that sells and wins awards Internationally – year over year! Try with Ecuadorian Chocolate such as Lindt dark (75%). The richness tempers the sweetness and the bitter bite of the darker chocolate works well with this wine. Thinking potluck and savory? Pick up a pre made roll of Country Biscuits, melt 2 tbsp butter with 2 tbsp blue cheese and brush on top and bake. This savory/salty and nippy rich treat is an amazing foil to this sweet wine.

Chocolate Salted Caramel: what pairings have you tried with this so far? Our favourite for this one is torn baguette or your favorite crusty bread (or regular Bretton crackers) with room temperature Cambozola.

Cambozola is a cow’s milk cheese that is a combination of a French soft-ripened triple cream cheese and Italian Gorgonzola. It is often marketed as Blue Brie. The cream and richness of the brie tempers the sweetness while the slight bite of the mild blue brings out the flavours of the dessert wine. Of note: we tried this with Chocolate Raspberry recently, and it brought the raspberry to the forefront of the wine in a juicy way! Note that you can find awesome Cambozola at our Satellite partner location in Cochrane. Bergeron Cheese Shoppe!

This year brings two new flavours to the Dessert Wine lineup: Red Velvet and Peppermint Mocha. What to do? How to pair? Let’s just say that we are already planning what might go well. Peppermint Mocha – thinking … rich and bitter dark chocolate covered espresso beans.

What pairings have you tried? What are your favourites? We would love to hear from you.

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