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Dessert Recipe to Pair with an Amarone?

itshissong Jan 24, 2009 10:28 AM

I got a nice bottle of amarone for my birthday and I was hoping to pair it with a tasty dessert recipe. My working idea is something in the stewed plum or fig vein but I am totally open to ideas.

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    mengathon RE: itshissong Jan 24, 2009 10:04 PM

    Cheese plate.

    A well made amarone is too powerful for most desserts, according to my tastes. While it does have the acidity to take on desserts, with stewed fruits, I'd probably go with a well-aged sweet chenin.

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    1. re: mengathon
      bubbles4me RE: mengathon Jan 25, 2009 06:54 AM

      I'm with mengathon on this, I would not pair it with a dessert. Serving it with anything that has sweetness is going to rob the wine of some of its fruit, let the wine be dessert, a well made one will be rich and decadent enough....just pair it with a lucious cheese like Gorgonzola, (go for the dolce not picante) Piave or something gooey and pungent. The salty richness will frame the wine and make the fruit pop even more.

      1. re: bubbles4me
        maria lorraine RE: bubbles4me Jan 25, 2009 10:43 AM

        Make it three. I always pair it with a hunk of real Parmigiano Reggiano. each bite with a drop or two of balsamico traditionale. Heaven. The gorgonzola dolce latte is a good suggestion also.

        1. re: maria lorraine
          zin1953 RE: maria lorraine Jan 25, 2009 11:31 AM


          Why would you pair an Amarone with a dessert? Cheese plate!

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            invinotheresverde RE: zin1953 Jan 26, 2009 09:17 PM


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              Aosta RE: invinotheresverde Jan 26, 2009 11:33 PM

              If some of the gathering are intollerant to cheese (especially mature ones), what could be the alternative(s)?

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                zin1953 RE: Aosta Jan 27, 2009 05:26 AM

                I'd serve the Amarone with dinner, not with dessert.

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                  invinotheresverde RE: Aosta Jan 27, 2009 08:03 AM

                  While Amarones are fruit driven, they're not sweet. The sugar is practically completely fermented out. I have no idea why someone would choose this as a dessert wine option.

                  I totally agree with zin. I'd serve Amarone with the meal itself. I tend to love it with complex cream sauces, but that's probably a vegetarian-only perspective. It's a huge wine, so intensely flavored grilled or stewed meats would stand up nicely.

                  1. re: invinotheresverde
                    maria lorraine RE: invinotheresverde Jan 28, 2009 11:52 AM

                    Serendipitously, the New York Times today published an article on a spiced Venetian steak, marinated in a combo of Amarone, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and orange zest. An ancient recipe.

                    "A Venetian Bath of Wine and Spice"

            2. re: maria lorraine
              RicRios RE: maria lorraine Jan 25, 2009 11:33 AM

              Amarone + Parmigiano + Balsamico Tradizionale = un po' barocco

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          whiner RE: itshissong Jan 26, 2009 11:39 PM

          Reggiano Parmesan. My favorite pairing in the world is Amarone with Reggiano Parmesan.

          1. Equus RE: itshissong Jan 27, 2009 01:47 PM

            I adore Amarone and wish I could splurge on it more often than I do. While I agree with the majority and the suggestion of cheese(s), how about forgetting after dinner and consider it with the main course? Check out Mark Bittman's "A Venetian Bath of Wine and Spice" article and recipe for Amarone marinated rib eye steak http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/din...
            One could certainly (as he suggests) use a less expensive full bodied wine in the recipe but would not a nice bottle of Amarone be terrific with this dish. I've also seen an Osso Bucco recipe with Amarone (and served with Amarone).

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