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How to Pair Wines With Sweets

The holiday season affords many opportunities for drinking — from seasonal cocktails and mulled cider to spiked cocoa and, of course, wine. With so many sweets-focused events, like cookie swaps and apps-and-dessert cocktail parties, it’s equally as important to pair wines correctly with dessert as it is with your Christmas ham.

First off: The rule of thumb when you’re pairing wine with sweets is that the wine should be sweeter than the food. (Ever been to a wedding where the Champagne was perfectly delicious until the cake was served? Now you know why.)

So that begs the questions: How sweet are we talking? Which wines are appropriate for your dessert soiree?

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Thirsty Thursday: Pairing Wine With Summer Recipes

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Finally, a weekend without rain. It’s the perfect excuse to put together a food and wine party with friends. Serve nosh-friendly cheeses and charcuterie with a refreshing salad and an entree from the grill, all paired with wine. Cheers to online wine marketplace Lot18 for sharing refreshing ideas for the perfect pairings.

The Food: Friendly Cheeses (think chevre, pecorino and brie)
The Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
Also Pairs Well With: Young goat cheese pairs well with Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc. An aged goat cheese is better paired with a more robust wine like Cabernet or Zinfandel.

Serve a friendly aged goat cheese or a young, creamy Comté (a nutty cow’s milk cheese) to start off dinner as these cheese won’t overwhelm your guests. Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with most varieties of goat cheese as well as with oysters and other seafood.

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Pairing Wines with Takeout Favorites

Wines to Pair with Take Out

Foie gras and French dessert wines might make for wonderful duos, but when’s the last time you had either outside of a fancy restaurant? The problem with most wine pairings is their inaccessibility — the wines tend to be too expensive for casual consuming, and the foods aren’t exactly ones eaten regularly. What would be really helpful is knowing how to pair wine with foods eaten more casually — like, say, takeout favorites.

The wine gurus at Lot 18, an online wine marketplace, held an informal and refreshingly accessible wine pairing event for their favorite takeout foods. Held not at an uppity restaurant or sprawling estate, but at a long wooden table in a meeting room at their offices in Manhattan, the laid-back affair put forth a handful of interesting and useful recommendations:

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Crushing: Orange Wines

Orange Wines -- A great get for your Halloween Party? Photograph by: Tom Censani

“That’s right: red, pink and white have company,” exclaimed a recent newsletter from the Chelsea Wine Vault. Laden with cartoony images of a wine glass filled with bright orange liquid and a grape vine dangling bright orange grapes, the newsletter featured an infamous, under-the-radar vino known as orange wine.  Save all judgment! Unlike gimmicky green beer sold on St. Pat’s Day, orange wine has a legitimate backstory…

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