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wine with an apple tart?

I'm looking for a wine to drink with an apple tart (puff pastry based). Does not have to be dessert wine, but I like those so those are welcome suggestions too.

I'm looking in the 10-20 range; or bo brand if you can just name a blend or varietal.


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  1. Apple wines and ciders, especially off-dry to sweet ones, can make a fine match. To really ramp it up, look for an ice cider; Neige (from La face cachée de la pomme) and Pinnacle are two of the better brands.

    Apple tarts are pretty dessert-wine friendly. Many late-harvest rieslings from California, Canada, Austria, New Zealand and Australia are suitable, affordable and delicious. Sweet whites from the Loire (Coteaux du Layon, for example) and the Sauternes region (St-Croix du Mont, Montbazillac, Loupiac, etc.) will also work, though it may not be easy to find a good bottle within your budget. Jurançon, Gaillac and Pacherenc du Vic Bilh make similar, often more affordable sweet wines.

    Hungarian Tokay can be wonderful with apple desserts. I've been impressed by some the Royal Tokaji Company's efforts lately.

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    1. re: carswell

      Oh, I've always wanted to try Hungarian Tokay, maybe I have an excuse now.

      1. re: echo eater

        Or a Ruster Ausbruch, from just across the border. Made in the same way as Tokaji, but oftentimes a bit less painful on the pocketbook. Pretty widely available. Just google "Ruster Ausbruch".

    2. Carswell is on the right track. My only hesitation would be -- how sweet is the tart? You want to achieve balance, and if the tart is very sweet, for example, you will want a wine with more acidity in order to cut through the tart's sweetness. OTOH, if the tart is quite -- well, tart -- you can work a wine that is lower in acidity.

      1. With baked apple and pear desserts, I like to go with dessert wines that have oxidized fruit. I find the nut and caramel flavors in those wines harmonized beautifully. I'd opt for something like a Rivesaltes Ambre, tawny Port, sweet Sherry, or Madeira (Malmsey or Bual).

        1. An inexpensive Sauternes-like dessert wine from Chile can be had for under $10 US. Both Carmen and Errazuriz make excellent examples from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

          1. I recently had apple pie with madeira and loved the combination.

            1. I might go for a 375 ml of German or Austrian Beerenauslese (or even Trockenbeerenauslese) - won't come cheap, but a value next to d'Yquem!

              1. I've found Dr. Loosen Blue Slate (Eiswein) for 25, that stuff is liquid crack. I've had Eiswein before with apple tart and it's fab. Good acidity content for the puff.

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                1. re: fooddude37

                  I'll have to second the two recommendations above.

                2. Sauternes is great with apple tart. Lots of good ones out there from 2001

                  1. just saw the $10-20 part, so take the sauternes off the list.
                    Maybe a late harvest riesling. Fetzer I think makes a nice one. Chat St. Michelle makes some great value ice wine and its pretty widely available.

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                    1. re: chrisinroch

                      Really like the late harvest ries idea.

                    2. My number one pick for apple anything is a Sweet Loire... Vouvray Molleux is such a great match with nice apple tart, hit of nuts & cinnamon...

                      Otherwise Sauternes and Late Harvest Rieslings are great too...

                      For that matter, if you're on a budget a Moscato d'Asti is lovely match also...

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                      1. re: Chicago Mike

                        Also from the Loire, I love Coteaux du Layon. It's a botyrized wine that can often be bought at a VERY fair price, albeit a touch over $20, for a 500ml bottle. I had a 1996 Pierre-Bise with a cooked apple dessert on Thanksgiving. WOW.

                      2. Why not go for the full apple effect and have a really good Calvados? Try Camut, Groult Or Huard (2 2 faves). You can't go wrong w/any of the above.

                        1. For a decent dessert wine that does hit your price range, and would go well, try a Moscato D'asti. Sarrocco is nice, and might be available for less than $10 a bottle.