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Sparkling Reds and Red Icewine

Pinks and reds are definitely the colors of May. Whether it is pink tulips, red geraniums, rose wines, (I like them all) it is all about color. So when thinking about dessert wines, I go straight for the red ones this month:  two sparkling and one red icewine. 

NV Gratien & Meyer "Cuvee Cardinal" Rouge Demi-Sec is a must try if you are not familiar with this 100% demi-sec Cabernet Franc. This sparkling red from the Saumar region in the Loire Valley is a dark rose color with small bubbles and has flavors of red fruits. I pair it with my Vanilla Raspberry Bavarois, which has raspberry curd sandwiched between layers of vanilla cream, creating a light dessert.


Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d'Acqui is a red sparkler from Piedmont. This Italian spumante is refreshing with its strawberry nose and clean sweet flavors. Fresh mixed berries - strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries topped with Cassis Sorbet which I make with an infusion of Rote Grutze tea is a perfect match and sure to win everyone to sweet wines!


For those who prefer a non-sparkling red wine, then Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine from the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, Canada is the one to try. Here is an icewine, not seen as often as other varietals such as Vidal and Riesling, with its red hue. My pairing here is a Chocolate Orange Timbale, a spongy baked bittersweet chocolate dessert with accents of orange. It is served chilled and will match this icewine's nose of red berries, candied oranges and spice, along with flavors of strawberries and hints of cocoa. The chocolate stands up to the wine's spice and will wow guests at your May dinner party or celebration.


So go ahead, open red dessert bubbles or splurge on that bottle of red icewine and enjoy!