Christmas Pudding is somewhat divisive, but whether you love it or hate it the humble pud has been a staple of our Christmas tables since the Middle Ages. Known for its high alcohol content and often served with brandy butter, you may think it would be wise to leave the drinks until after. We disagree!
Pairing the right beverage with the right pudding on your Christmas menus can enhance both the food and the wine, satisfying customers. Showcasing some options to your patrons will allow them to explore and moves them away from a typical choice and towards products more profitable to you.
While it can be a minefield to get the perfect match and personal taste is everything, it’s well worth a go. With time of the essence at this time of year, we’ve asked our wine experts to recommend some wines we feel are perfect for typical Christmas puddings. Let us know what you think!
The king of the Christmas sweets demands you rush straight towards a sweet Pedro Ximénez such as Noe by Gonzalez Byass. Its complementary flavours of concentrated raisin, fig, coffee and Christmas spices finished with sweet, plump, cooked fruit make it the perfect partner. Tawny Port would make a great Plan B.
Tea makes a great match for a traditional Christmas cake! But how could we recommend anything other than a little glass of Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise from Caves des Vignerons? Produced from the distinctive Muscat à Petits Grains grape, it’s a rich and concentrated luscious dessert wine.
A famous traditional Scottish fruitcake that’s a classic Christmas treat for all. Taking a break from the wine we recommend a dram of single lowland malt such as Glenkinchie 12 Years Old Single Malt. It’s the appropriate choice for this rich fruitcake.
Twelfth Night cake
We’re not done with fruitcakes yet! Twelfth Night cake is a traditional English dessert that we rarely see anymore. It was served historically on the Twelfth Night (January 6th) at the end of the Christmas festivities. It’s a shame that Christmas doesn’t last for 12 days anymore! We can still enjoy this cake however, the almond, dried fruit and peel element in the cake make the not-too-sweet Vin Santo del Chianti from Ruffino a great pairing.
Chocolate yule log
Finally a dessert for the chocolate lovers! You can really take a yule log to the next level with Dow’s LBV Port. It makes for an indulgent and full-on experience with the intensity of the liquorice spiced port combined with the delicious chocolate.
Sugar and spice and all things nice combine in this sumptuous Christmas bake. Floralis Moscatel Oro from Torres has the richness and a note of spice that will make for a delicious combination.
Rumour has it we buy around 370 million mince pies in the UK each year, that’s over 5 for every man, woman and child! Matching the sweetness and depth of flavour is key here meaning that Tawny Port would be a great partner, Graham’s 10-Year-Old, in particular, would be gorgeous.
If like me, you’ve never understood the allure of dried fruits at Christmas, you may also be making a beeline for the Trifle. Our experts insist that there is little thought needed at all with this pairing. A mature sweet Oloroso and trifle go superbly, so we’re choosing Gonzalez Byass Matusalem, Oloroso Dulce Muy Viejo.
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