Banana & Wine Pairing

If you are pairing wine with Banana, the banana flavours are probably in a dessert or banana bread. Unless, of course, Planet of the Apes rang true and you are a cultured monkey living in the ruins of NY.

Banana Sundae

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Since you are eating a sweeter dish, sweeter dessert wines, or fortified wines will work well.  Port, Ice Wine, Sauternes, Muscat, Banyuls, and Sherry are all excellent choices.  A sweeter Rose, or a semi-dry sparkling wine would be exceptional as well.

Beer & Banana Pairings

An Imperial Stout and Banana bread go quite well.  The dense, fatty, richness of the cake is enough to protect the palate from the aggressive bitterness and alcohol of the beer, allowing the flavours of the two to integrate. If you are eating a dessert with a bit of banana in it, but has other fruit flavours as well, try a hefeweizen, dunkelweizen or weizenbock, which all have banana and clove profiles.

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