Baklava & Dessert Wine Pairings


Baklava on a plateBaklava is a sweet dessert that has layers of filo pastry, chopped nuts, and a syrup or honey glaze.

Wines that Pair with Baklava

  • Sauternes
  • Tawny Port
  • Dessert Wine
  • Ice Wine
  • Muscat

Sauternes is a great pair, as it has lots of honey notes, is sweet, and it goes great with chopped nuts. ¬†Sauternes is a sweet wine from the Sauternais region of the Graves section in Bordeaux, France. This wine is made from S√©millon, Sauvignon blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by “noble rot”, or Botrytis Cinerea. Noble Rot is an infection that causes the grapes to become raisin-like, which in turn, concentrates the flavour.

The sweetness and chopped nuts also pairs well with a Tawny Port. Aged tawny ports are wines made from grapes that are aged in wooden barrels exposing them to gradual oxidation. This oxidation gives the wine its golden-brown colour as it mellows in the barrels, as well as imparts a nutty flavour to the wine. This nutty flavour will complement the nutty nature of Baklava quite well.

Should you not have a tawny port or Sauternes on hand, fear not, any sweet dessert wine or port will go magnificently well with Baklava.

 
 
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