Many of these desserts feature spices and dried fruits that once were exotic, not to mention expensive, and signified just how special these occasions were. For better or for worse, we can all now get things like ginger, cardamom, dried citron peel or Craisins, and we're prepared to use them. Over and over again if necessary!
There are few times during the year that I enjoy dessert wines as much as during the holidays. Not only is it cold outside, making the warmth of dessert more important, but the flavors of these desserts call out for a complimentary pairing. Having enough people around the table to enjoy and finish every bottle certainly helps as well. Here are some of my favorite pairings!
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