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Pairing Ports and Pies for Thanksgiving


Pairing Ports and Pies for Thanksgiving
Fortified wines are one of autumn’s most anticipated wine treats and to stretch their utility just a touch beyond the ordinary walnut, blue cheese and chocolate pairings, we’ve come up with a new holiday series of pairing port wine with the season’s most popular pies.

Pecan Pie - Pecan pie is a natural partner for the likes of Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port, a full-bodied, blend that spends three years in barrels and brings sweet, rich fruit to the forefront. Or try Warre's Otima 10 year Tawny for a lighter-bodied port with Port, with plenty of fruit and nutty nuances to bring out another side of the pecan pie.

Pumpkin Pie - Pumpkin pie tends to be fairly rich with a heavier spice component than many competing pies. To cut through the spice and draw out the creamy textures and subtle flavors of the pumpkin itself, consider the Graham’s 20 Year Tawny Port with its distinct nutty character and creamy, caramel profile. Or give Churchill's 10 Year Tawny Port a go with pumpkin pie and experience its rich display of well ripened sweet fig-like flavors and enduring finish.

Bourbon Chocolate Chip Pie – The Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port can play double duty by partnering up with chocolate based pies as well. The red fruit and cocoa components of this port’s flavor profile make it an exceptional accompaniment to a bourbon chocolate chip pie or straight up chocolate pie.

Apple Pie or Cobbler - When I think of apple pie or apple cobbler, I think first of …well apples… but next I think of warm spice – nutmeg, cinnamon and butter, lots of butter. To capture and compliment the complexity of flavors from the sweet to tart apple profile and the rich, full flavors of butter and spice, Dow’s Trademark Reserve Port is the perfect find. The Trademark Reserve brings its own spice and dark fruit components to the table and expertly cuts through the thick palate textures of both apple pie and cobbler with a slightly drier overall style and smooth finish.

Blackberry Pie or Cobbler - The unmistakable blackberry notes on the palate of Dow’s Trademark Reserve make it the perfect partner for blackberry pie or cobbler effectively amplifying the fruit structure of both the port and the pie. Delish!

Coconut Cream Pie - Known and loved for being a decadent dessert from crunchy crust to fluffy, whipped coconut topping, the traditional coconut cream pie is one that needs a fortified wine with a bit more acidity to tackle the cream-base. Enter, Blandy’s 10 Year Old Madeira which offers up ample acidity making for a fortified wine that not only boasts the expected nutty profile, but brings sweet honeyed flavors all wrapped up in bright acidity.

Disclosure: Some of the ports used in this pairing series were provided for review. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.

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