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Nov 17, 2004 01:09 PM

Dessert wine pairing for rich maple flan and pears?

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I need help with a dessert wine pairing. What we be great with a rather rich flan (think crème brûlée) flavored with maple and served with glazed pears.

The recipe is from Epicurious, link below.

Thanks in advance.


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  1. I'd go with a Beaumes de Venise (lightly chilled).

    1. How about a colheita port? Certainly would pick up the maple flavors in the flan, though the pears throw me (but that's just b/c I really don't care for pears)

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      1. re: Fatemeh

        The colheita port (tawny style of a single vintage) appeals the most to me too. Echoes the maple, sugar-glazed flavors, and has more acidity to cut through the richness of the flan. Had the 1989 Krohns Colheita at a party a couple weekends ago, would be a good choice and isn't that expensive.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Mel -

          No WAY! That is exactly what I poured at a dinner party last Sunday night.

          Served with a bruleed pumpkin pie and it was WONDERFUL!

          1. re: Fatemeh

            WAY! But Fatemeh, last Sunday . . . where was I?!?

            A Bual Madeira would also be nice with the flan.

      2. Fortunately, several things would work here.

        My number one pick would be a PX Sherry...

        Second choices would be: a Muscat de Beaume de Venise or a late-harvest riesling

        Other decent choices: a sauternes, a liquer muscat, or for a sparkler, a Moscato di Asti.

        1. Maybe a nice tawny port, such as the Quinta do Noval Nacional or their 20 year tawny. I think it would be superb with a maple flan. The recipe sounds yummy!!

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          1. re: winechick

            Quinta do Noval "Nacional" is not a tawny port, but a vintage port made from a small plot of ungrafted vines. It's also quite expensive . . . the 2000 is about $400 per bottle and not ready to drink yet.

            Yes, QdN 20 year tawny is nice.