Wine and Dessert Pairings

Wine and dessert pairings can be incredible. Port wine, Sauternes, Muscat, Riesling, Champagne... There are many delicious sweet wines that pair perfectly with desserts. In this guide we give you some popular wine and dessert pairings.

Chocolate cake with strawberry as an example of wine and dessert pairings

Published April 10th 2020

When it is time for dessert after a nice dinner, do you switch to coffee or tea? Wine is a great alternative and can be amazingly good with dessert if paired correctly.

General rules for pairing wine & desserts

When it comes to choosing the best wine for your dessert, you should consider a sweet wine. The sweetness in the wine will match the sugar in the dessert. Before looking into the different categories of desserts, there are a few general rules you need to keep in mind: 

You can read more in our guide about how to choose wine for desserts.

Wine with Chocolate & Caramel desserts

Chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, chocolate bar, truffles…. The list of popular chocolate and caramel desserts is long. Portuguese Port wine is the most classic pairing with chocolate. Almost all Port wines pair well with chocolate, but to find the best port and chocolate pairing you should take the wine’s sweetness in consideration. The rule of thumb is to always choose a wine sweeter then the dessert.

You can also pair dry wines chocolate and caramel desserts, but remember that a glass of dry red wine can taste bitter with chocolate (especially dark chocolate!). This is because of the tannins found in both wine and chocolate. If you still want a dry red wine, make sure to pick one with rich berry fruit flavours. Great wine pairing with chocolate desserts are: 

Wine with Vanilla & Custard desserts

Mild, buttery and sweet vanilla desserts pair well with white wines, including sparkling wine. Classic pairings with vanilla desserts are:

Wine with Fruity & Spicy desserts

Many desserts contain fruit, berries and different types of spices like cardamom and cinnamon. Fruit and spices influence the choice of wine for desserts. In general, a wine with high acidity is good choice for this type of dessert because the acidity cuts through the sweetness and fruitiness of the dessert. Some classic pairings are: 

With with a Cheese Platter

This guide focuses on sweet desserts, but it is also common to eat cheese after the meal. For a mixed cheese platter, Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir are good pairings. We recommend you to read our detailed guide about wine and cheese pairing. There you will find the perfect wine for many different types of cheeses.

Enjoy your wine and dessert!