Looking for what wine to serve with Crème Brûlée? When choosing a companion to desserts, crisp wines that compliment the acidity level of the recipe are best. A standby for sweet dishes is sparkling wine or champagne; the frothy consistency augments flavor without being overpowering.
Crème Brûlée Wine Pairings
Although it is sliding off the list of trendy wines, Sauternes is a delicious partner to the crunchy custard texture of Crème Brûlée. Ethereal in luscious sweetness, it rounds out the quality of dessert in an equally delicious digestif. Recommended wine glasses: Riedel Sommeliers Sauternes
Pairing best with fluffy deserts that have a bite to them, moscato has a richness within fruity aromas. It adapts beautifully to spiced Crème Brûlée, which is popular during the holiday season.
Profiteroles Wine Pairings
A quiet pairing that allows the subtle flavors of cream and chocolate to shine, pinot blanc from Alsace is a gentle accompaniment to this elegant dessert. Recommended wine glasses: Riedel Sommeliers Alsace
This sumptuous sweet wine originates in southern France, with a strict grenache base that resembles young port. It brings out the richer flavor of profiteroles, grounding them in a strong pairing.
Lemon Meringue Pie Wine Pairings
Due to the tartness of lemon, any wine that is served with it should be excessively chilled to avoid leeching the sweetness.
This lively, well-balanced semi-sparkling wine will not be overwhelmed by an acidic dish such as lemon meringue. It’s airy, light bubbles maintain the creamy dessert’s soft texture.
New world riesling has a sweet flavor that complements the lemon; avoid using a dry riesling, which will clash with the dessert and confuse taste receptacles. Recommended wine glasses: Riedel Vinum Riesling
Trifle Wine Pairings
A carefully blended sweet sherry that generally uses Fino or Amontillados as a base, its complexity holds its own with the mixed flavors in a trifle. Serve it over ice or quite chilled. Recommended wine glasses: Riedel Vinum Sherry
Low in alcohol, it is a lovely finale wine with refreshing notes of apricot and peaches that mingle well in a fruit based trifle. It is traditionally used with spicier dishes, but it can become a centerpiece pairing with lighter fare.