What wine goes with pumpkin pie?

Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:21am EST
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By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Some people think the most important part of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is the turkey, but others argue it is dessert and the best wine to go with it.

Pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies are the top choices for the U.S. holiday. Although there has been much discussion about whether red or white wine should be served with the main course, little time has been devoted to the best dessert wine.

Until now.

"The facts of dessert and wine tend toward the straightforward -- the wine should be sweeter than the dessert," said Doug Frost, who holds the titles of Master Sommelier and Master of Wine. "And pie is pie, at least when you're trying to pair it with wine.

The choice of wine, he suggests, depends on the pie filling. He would opt for something very sweet such as a German Beerenauslese or perhaps a Sauterne.

But Mary Ewing-Mulligan, the director of the International Wine Center in New York, said pumpkin, apple and pecan are very different and the choice of wine should reflect that.

"Pumpkin pie is somewhat spicy, apple pie is fruity and pecan pie is rather meaty - certainly it's the most substantial." she said.

For pumpkin pie she suggests a Madeira, because it has some spiciness and also a refreshing acidity to cut the creamy texture.   Continued...

<p>French wines are displayed on sale at Union Square Wines in New York November 16, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Segar</p>