There is always a focus on what wines to serve with holiday dinners, but what about a special wine to pair with your homemade pumpkin pie? Why take the time to find the perfect wine to serve with dinner and not remember to get a great dessert wine to showcase your homemade baking skills.
A number of wines pair well with pumpkin pie, but here are a few varietals that will really dazzle your family and friends.
For those who are not fans of sweet dessert wines, try a regular Riesling. It will not be as sweet, but will still work well with a pumpkin pie. Riesling wines make for some of the best white wines to pair with both meals and desserts. They are also great wines to pair with holiday dinners like pork, poultry, and game birds.
Notable regions to pick a Riesling from include Germany and the Alsace region of France. These nearby areas are recognized around the world for producing some of the best Rieslings.
Late Harvest Riesling
If you like sweet dessert wines, then consider a late harvest Riesling. Late harvest wines have more residual sugars, making them more sweet than regular wines. Late Harvest Rieslings not only pair well with pumpkin pie, they are nicely paired with soft cheeses and chocolate desserts as well.
Besides Germany and the Alsace region of France, other good Riesling and Late Harvest Riesling areas include Washington State, Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, and the Niagara region of the US and Canada.
If you are cooking a romantic holiday meal or impressing some colleagues, this is the way to go. Icewine is the name of wines that come from Canada and Eiswein is the German name. Grapes are made into icewine when they are left on the vines past the regular harvest and into the colder months of winter. They are picked at 18-degrees F and pressed when frozen. Given the need for extremely cold temperatures, Canada and Germany are two of the most notable regions that produce this type of wine.
Icewines are surprisingly low in alcohol content as compare to other dessert wines; however, they definitely do not lack in intensity. There are several different grapes used to make icewines and if you luck out, you can find Merlot, Cab Franc, or other fruits like apple, pear, or peach.
These wines tend to be quite pricey as compared to other dessert wines (can easily reach $100 for 375ml bottles) so do not plan to serve 20 guests unless you have a big budget or they happen to be your favorite relatives!
Other options to have on hand for the non-wine drinkers would be Apple cider, sparkling water, or even green tea will work as a nice pairing with a holiday pumpkin pie.