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Throw a Festive Wine & Dessert Party

Invite your friends and loved ones to share in a new Valentine’s Day tradition: a lively evening centered on wonderful sips and tasty, easy-to-prepare treats.

Chocolate Cherry Nut Clusters

Chocolate Cherry Nut Clusters
Chocolate Cherry Nut ClustersThe perfect blend of sweet and salty, these treats look even more festive when placed in a red and white (or white and gold) candy cup or foil mini muffin liner.

Pair with: Riesling
Though white chocolate is traditionally difficult to pair with wine, a sweet riesling makes a good match. It has similar fruity, honeyed flavors and aromas, with a kick of acidity to keep the pairing from being too cloying.

Try:

White and Pink Blondies

White and Pink Blondies
White and Pink BlondiesBlondies are sometimes called "white brownies," but think of them as distinctive desserts rather than brownies missing the chocolate.

Pair with: Sherry or Champagne
Rich, chewy, and nutty with a hint of sweet cherries, these treats pair perfectly with a fortified white dessert wine such as cream sherry or a light bubbly sipper such as champagne. Toasting the nuts gives these chewy treats an intense flavor and a crunchy bite.

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Sweetheart Fruit Hand Pies

Sweetheart Fruit Hand PiesSweetheart Fruit Hand Pies
These fruity stunners boast rich, buttery crusts. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complement the tangy filling.

Pair with: Riesling or Port
These sweet-and-tart pies are delicious with a rich, hearty wine like port, a sweet red wine fortified with neutral spirits. For a lighter pairing, try a riesling.

Try:

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling is an off-dry wine with notes of peach and pear; the less-sweet flavor of this varietal helps it to complement, not compete with, the hand pies.
  • Sandeman Founders Reserve Port has a red amber color, nutty vanilla aromas, and flavors that complement the caramel sauce.