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Nov 15, 2009 04:38 PM

Wine with bananas?

May be an odd request, but I'd like to find a wine to go with bananas.

Any suggestions?

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  1. A bananas dessert? Cooked bananas? Fresh banana? Whatcha serving? Whatcha making?

    10 Replies
      1. re: AndIDontMind

        I'm stuck in dessert mode, maybe. I'm thinking of a nice port or a chocolatey Banyuls.

        1. re: SteveTimko

          «I'm stuck in dessert mode»

          Me too. Dry wines do not compute.

          A caramelly Pedro Ximenez would be my WAG.

          1. re: SteveTimko

            Agree. I would go for a Tawny Port, but Banyuls sounds wonderful too.

          2. re: AndIDontMind

            Anything with those fresh bananas? Other ingredients, like brown sugar, honey, rum, dates, raisins, cinnamon, whipped cream, etc.? They will help make the pairing.

            Or just a peeled fresh banana, sort of a minimalist party thing?

              1. re: AndIDontMind

                In that order of increasing intensity...

                A Sauternes or Sauternes-style (late-harvest, with botrytis) will supply a pretty honeyed flavor that will combine with the banana well. I've had this a number of times with fresh banana desserts.

                20-year-old tawny port will supply caramel, toasted nut and some dried fruit flavors to go with the banana. It will work almost like a sauce accompaniment with the banana. A younger tawny won't have these flavors, so you really have to go with the 20-year-old. But rest assured, once you open the bottle, it lasts a very long time. This is probably my first choice.

                Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry (mentioned above by Carswell), called PX for short, will supply even deeper caramel, fig and other dried fruit flavors. Might be fun.

                Madeira at about the Malmsey sweetness level (try the Henrique & Henrique)
                will also supply a caramel-molasses like sauce accompaniment.

                1. re: maria lorraine

                  «But rest assured, once you open the bottle, it lasts a very long time.»

                  That's funny. Bottles of 20-year tawny never seem to last more than a week at my place... ;)

                  1. re: maria lorraine

                    I think a contrast would work better, so that's why I didn't suggest Sauternes, a sweet Riesling or a Vouvray Moelleux. The flavors are sort of similar but they may not mesh.
                    And don't forget: Champagne/sparkling wine goes with everything.

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