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Sweet wine pairing needed

Steve_K Oct 28, 2010 01:50 PM

Hello all,

I need to pair something with a rich chocolate and orange dessert. For chocolate I usually opt for Maury or Banyuls, but I can't see this working too well with the orange element.

Any ideas?

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  1. carswell RE: Steve_K Oct 28, 2010 02:43 PM

    Try a rich muscat. Saint-Jean de Minervois is home to some excellent ones: VDNs (vin doux naturel = fortified) and, especially, VTs (vendange tardive = late harvest). Bonny Doon's vin de glacière Muscat would also fill the bill but it looks to be discontinued.

    1. maria lorraine RE: Steve_K Oct 28, 2010 06:07 PM

      I've been surprised by how well Quady's Orange Muscat wine, Essensia, worked with a chocolate-orange dessert. A half-bottle is rather inexpensive. Some more options: Malmsey Madeira would be lovely -- my favorite is still Henriques & Henriques. PX and 20-year-old tawny work fairly well with chocolate-orange combos.

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      1. re: maria lorraine
        ChefJune RE: maria lorraine Oct 29, 2010 12:47 AM

        Essencia would be the obvious choice for a chocolate-orange dessert.

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          Tripeler RE: ChefJune Oct 29, 2010 07:31 AM

          Essencia is a tremendous and versatile product. I like all of their dessert wines, particularly the Black Muscat.

        2. re: maria lorraine
          invinotheresverde RE: maria lorraine Oct 29, 2010 07:27 AM

          I like PX with chocolate-orange, too.

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          Steve_K RE: Steve_K Oct 29, 2010 09:08 AM

          Many thanks,
          I can get Essencia easily and will give it a go!

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