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Oct 28, 2010 01:50 PM

Sweet wine pairing needed

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. 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. 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.

      3 Replies
      1. re: maria lorraine

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

        1. re: ChefJune

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

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