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Top Wine and Cheesecake Pairings for the Holiday Season

 

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Pairing desserts with wine isn’t easy, but when it’s done well, this combination can be a deliciously decadent treat that can make your holiday party or family gathering an instant success.

A general rule for finding the right wine to complement a cheesecake is to make sure the wine is a bit sweeter than the dessert in most cases, but not in all. Sometimes a crisp, dry wine can be just the thing to offset a particularly sugary flavor in the best way possible. As with pairing drinks and other foods, when pairing wine with desserts, it’s important to strike a balance between acidity and sweetness.

 

Below is a list of 8 flavored cheesecakes and complementary wines you might serve to bring out the best in both:

 

  1. Classic Cheesecake—

The rich, creamy texture of a plain cheesecake works great with sparkling wines, champagne or nice sauternes.

Depending on the flavors you choose to add to your cheesecake, such as different types of fruits, you may want to go in a different direction with your beverage, but with a plain cheesecake, a simple wine is a great complement to the classic flavor.

 

  1. Apricot-Glazed Cheesecake—

An orange muscat wine would be a lively pairing with any dessert featuring apricots, as the citrus can brighten the potentially heavy honey-like qualities of the glaze, as well as enhancing the fruitiness of the apricots.

 

  1. Chocolate Cheesecake—

A vintage port is the go-to wine for any chocolate and vino partnership, but don’t write off the lighter reds, as a late harvest zinfandel or cabernet sauvignon can also serve as a good match.

Generally, as the desserts get darker and richer, so do the wines, and with something as light as a chocolate-flavored cheesecake, you can get away with a lighter wine.

 

  1. Caramel/Turtle Cheesecake—

To properly balance the buttery decadence of caramel, a red wine is definitely your number one choice.

A pinot noir or nice shiraz would be light and sweet, allowing the rich caramel to shine while still keeping the balance between acid and sugar.

 

  1. Pumpkin Cheesecake—

Popular around the holidays, the spicy, cinnamon notes of a pumpkin cheesecake are beautifully brought out by a white wine, pink champagne, or a riesling, which can soften the spiciness, allowing the flavors to be appreciated without overpowering the taste buds.

White wine, pink champagne or a riesling will also go well with a slice of pumpkin pie.

 

  1. Strawberry/Blueberry/Raspberry Cheesecake—

A light sparkling white wine, such as a moscato d’asti will enhance the sweet and dynamic notes of the berries on your cheesecake, but if you’d prefer something less sweet, a light rosé will work as well.

 

  1. Almond, Pecan or Walnut Cheesecake—

If your cheesecake recipe involves nuts, or perhaps a glaze involving fruit and nuts, remember that nuts pair wonderfully with a light madeira or a sherry with nutty undertones.

If the cheesecake’s nutty glaze involves apples, a pinot gris, blueberry or even an anjou wine can also be a good match.

 

  1. Lemon/Key Lime Cheesecake—

As with the apricots, citrus fruits are also best served with a muscat, sparkling white wine, or champagne to keep the flavors light and refreshing.

Remember; bubbles bring out the fresh, bright flavors and zing of all things citrus.

 

Don’t forget that pairing desserts like cheesecakes with wine doesn’t have to be an occasional after-dinner activity; you can even have a “wine and cheesecake” theme party to try new wines and desserts with your friends. With the holidays coming up, you can use the helpful wine and cheesecake pairing tips above to plan a perfect party with pals or a family get-together full of sweetness, drinks and delicious desserts.

7 Super iPhone Apps for Wine Lovers

 

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You don’t have to be an expert to appreciate a good wine. In fact, with research showing that red wine can improve heart health, longevity, prevent Alzheimer’s and fight certain types of cancer, a glass of red wine a day seems like a pretty smart idea for everyone. Plus, it tastes good.

Below is a list of 7 popular wine-related apps available for iPhone to help you discover new labels to love:

 

  1. Hello Vino (Free)

If you’ve ever found yourself standing frightened and confused in the wine aisle, trying to choose an appropriate bottle for a dinner party, this app promises to hold your hand and walk you through the process of picking the perfect wine. Hello Vino wants to be your personal sommelier, while giving you wine ratings and compatible food pairings.

 

  1. Cellar ($4.99)

The Cellar app allows you to manage and keep track of your wine collection, so you can remember which ones you like and which ones you’d rather not drink again. Consider this app a wine library tailored especially to your taste preferences that you can conveniently hold in the palm of your hand.

 

  1. Drync Wine Pro ($4.99)

Do you want to learn more about wines? Well look no further, because Drync Wine Pro allows you to search for and place wines in your virtual cellar, add photos and take notes. With a database featuring 1.2 million wines, user ratings, 270,000 expert reviews and current prices, this is the go-to app for anyone seeking wide-ranging wine knowledge. And we all know that knowledge is power. Or it will at least get you a nice glass of wine.

 

  1. AG Wine ($3.99)

The Approach Guides Wine app is great for beginners because it allows the user to search for wines by style, and learn about different types. If delving deeper into the world of wines and learning about regions, vintages, grape varieties and food pairings is desired, this app will facilitate that as well.

 

  1. Wine Events (Free)

This handy app works by telling you where and when wine tastings and other food and drink-related events are happening in your area. It allows the user to select a city to search, and even maps out events for the navigationally-impaired among us. Wine Events also allows the user to post events to Facebook so friends can join in on the fun.

 

  1. Snooth Wine Pro ($4.99)

The Snooth Wine Pro app is like something we would’ve seen in an old movie about the future and laughed at, because we’d never be able to take a picture of a wine bottle and instantly know everything about it, right? Guess again. It’s called image recognition technology, and Snooth Wine Pro has it. Once you take a photo of the wine, the comprehensive catalog gives you a description, user reviews, and a geographic search of nearby stores at which you might find the wine so you can strap on your jet pack and go get it.

 

  1. Wine Notes (Free)

This is a great app for anyone wanting to keep track of wines they’ve tried and take notes about the different flavors for easy reference. Wine Notes has a visual guide that allows users to choose flavor notes they detect, and to share reviews of wines they’ve tried on Facebook and Twitter. It also allows the user to add wines to their personal library and features barcode scanning technology.

 

With all the great wine apps available today, anyone can become more well-informed about the wines they like and find new favorites.

Whether you’re drinking for your health, for fun or because you appreciate the finer things in life, there is a perfect wine for you out there waiting to be discovered.

 

3 Cheers for Cheesecake! How to Pair Desserts with Wine

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Pairing desserts with wine isn’t easy, but when it’s done well, it’s a deliciously elegant treat that can make your gathering an instant success.

A general rule for finding the right wine to compliment a dessert is to make sure the wine is a bit sweeter than the dessert in most cases, but not all. Sometimes a crisp, dry wine can be just the thing to offset a particular flavor in the best way possible.

As with pairing wines and other foods, when pairing with desserts, it’s still important to strike a balance between acidity and sweetness. Below, we’ve given you a list of popular desserts and some wines you might serve with them to bring out the best in both.

  1. Classic Cheesecake—

The rich, creamy texture of a plain cheesecake works great with sparkling wines, Champagne or nice Sauternes. Depending on the flavors you choose to add to your cheesecake, such as different types of fruits, you may want to go in a different direction with your beverage.

  1. Apricot-Glazed Cheesecake—

An orange Muscat wine would be a lively pairing with any dessert featuring apricots, as the citrus would brighten the potentially heavy honey-like qualities of the glaze and enhance the fruitiness of the apricots.

  1. Chocolate Cheesecake—

A vintage port is the go-to wine for any chocolate and vino partnership, but don’t write off the lighter reds, as a late harvest zinfandel or cabernet sauvignon can also serve as a good match. Generally, as the desserts get darker and richer, so do the wines, so with something as light as a chocolate-flavored cheesecake, you can get away with a lighter wine.

  1. Caramel/Turtle Cheesecake—

To properly balance the buttery decadence of caramel, red wine is definitely your number one choice. A Pinot noir or nice Shiraz would be light and sweet, allowing the rich caramel to shine while still keeping the balance between acid and sugar.

  1. Pumpkin Cheesecake—

Popular around the holidays, the spicy, cinnamon notes of a pumpkin cheesecake are beautifully brought out by a white wine, pink champagne, or a Riesling, which can soften the spiciness, allowing the flavors to be appreciated without overpowering the taste buds.

  1. Strawberry/Blueberry/Raspberry Cheesecake—

A light sparkling white wine, such as a Moscato d’Asti will enhance the sweet and dynamic notes of the berries on your cheesecake, but if you’d prefer something less sweet, a light rosé will work as well.

  1. Almond, Pecan or Walnut Cheesecake—

If your cheesecake recipe involves nuts, or perhaps a glaze involving fruit and nuts, remember that nuts pair wonderfully with a light Madeira or a sherry with nutty undertones. If your nutty glaze involves apples, a Pinot Gris, blueberry or even an Anjou wine can also be a good match.

  1. Lemon/Key Lime Cheesecake—

As with the apricots, citrus fruits are also best served with a Muscat, sparkling white wine or Champagne to keep the flavors light and refreshing.

Don’t forget that pairing desserts like cheesecakes with wine doesn’t have to be an occasional after-dinner activity. You can even have a theme party if you’d like where the sole purpose of your gathering is to try new wines and cheesecakes together. Take notes, take pictures, and have a sweet time. Enjoy!