ISO dessert wine for a specific dessert
- c oliver Jun 6, 2011 01:03 PM
I'm going to be serving a vanilla ice cream with some Meyer lemon olive oil drizzled over it and a light sprinkling of sea salt. I'm not wine knowledgeable at all and wonder if dessert wines are even appropriate for these types of non-sweet flavors. I have a pear liqueur, Pear de Pear by RMS Distillery and a Graff Family Vineyards, 2007 Chalone, July Muscat. Have also wondered about a sparkling rose'. And, of course, can buy something else. Or should I just continue with whatever red wine I wind up serving with dinner. There will be six of us. Is a half bottle enough for six? This won't be a large serving of dessert. I appreciate your help. It always frightens me a tad to come over to the "dark side." J/K of course :)
I think your muscat will be just fine. And a half-bottle for six is fine for the dessert course. I also like Moscato d'Asti with something like you are serving. Same grape, but lighter, fizzier, and less alcohol.
The Pear brandy would be a better digestif.
Definitely not the sparkling rose.
PX Sherry is a bit heavy for a steamy summer evening. I think your muscat will be a better choice, given the weather. If you want to go buy something special, Quady's Orange Muscat Essencia would be really grand with your ice cream. (I've served it with a similar frozen confection.)