Italian desserts can be found everywhere in the UK today. And staying true to their roots, our Italian colleagues always stick with the trusty Panettone to conclude their Italian feasts at Christmas. The overwhelming consensus is that Moscato is the perfect pairing to the sweet brioche and candied fruits in the Panettone, and our Massolino Moscato d’Asti ticks all the boxes.
Over the border in France, the celebrated Bûche de Noël (Yule log cake) reigns supreme. This chocolate and chestnut creamy delight pairs perfectly with the Mas de Lavail, Maury 'Expression'. This is a beautiful Maury with notes of cocoa, mocha and chocolate - perfect with chocolate.
Spain’s holiday choice, Polvorónes, is great for those with less of a sweet tooth. This crumbly Spanish shortbread is made with almonds, and is brought to life with a glass of Valdespino's Oloroso Solera 1842 VOS sherry, which has delicious notes of dried fruits, nuts and caramel. But if that's not enough, try their indulgent churros with chocolate sauce. Enjoy with a glass of Sandeman Royal Ambrosante PX sherry, a deliciously sweet and luscious Pedro Ximinez packed with flavours of ripe fruits, raisins, toffee, coffee and spice.
This year we have enjoyed discovering some wonderful Portuguese delights, and this Christmas we will be celebrating with their traditional Rabanadas. This fried sweet toast with lots of sugar and cinnamon is the perfect match to Sandeman’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port.
Germany’s speciality, Weihnachten or Christstollen is packed with candied fruits and marzipan. To balance out the sweetness in this Christmas pudding, the Schloss Vollrads Riesling Auslese is the perfect match. Its refreshing citrus acidity complements the sweet marzipan wonderfully.
If German’s offering is a touch too sweet for you, Hungary has the answer. Their bittersweet Bejgli is the perfect balance of sweet and savoury this Christmas. The Hungarian poppy seed roll works wonderfully well with the full-bodied Dobogó Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos.
Those who are accustomed to Christmas in a warmer climate often swap these heavier cakes for a light fruity Pavlova. Steering clear of the debate surrounding who invented the Pavlova, hotly contested by the Kiwis and Aussies, instead we’ve picked two Antipodean sweet wines that will please everyone. Why not try New Zealand's Greywacke Late Harvest Riesling or Australia's Cullen Late Harvest Semillon?
Finally, Chile’s Christmas sweet treat is Pan de Pascua. The name may confuse some linguists, as “Pascua” literally translates as Easter, however Chileans also use “Pascua” and “Navidad” interchangeably to mean Christmas. To add to the confusion, this “pan” is not actually a bread as the name would suggest, but a sweet sponge cake flavoured with honey and ginger - perfect to match the honey aromas in Montes’ Last Harvest Gewürztraminer.