What is Biscotti?
Biscotti is an Italian almond biscuit that is baked twice, for a dry, crunchy texture that is quite hard. It is typically dipped in a drink, such as coffee, tea or wine to soften it up. Biscotti is made hard to help extend its shelf-life, however the happy marriage between cookie and wine followed shortly.
What is the Best Wine to Pair with Biscotti?
- Vin Santo
- Pedro Ximenez (PX) Sherry
- Ice Wine
- Late Harvest Wines
Vin Santo and Biscotti
The name Vin Santo translates to Saint Wine (Holy Wine) because it, or a variant of it, was popularly served at Catholic Mass. In modern Italy it is typically served as a digestive at the end of a meal after espresso, and considered a vini da meditazioni (meditation wine) as it is meant to be sipped slowly. It is commonly paired with a ‘dry’ biscotti, which is less sweet than Vin Santo. This pairing is absolutely amazing, especially if you dip your biscotti into the wine as the wine softens the dry cookie, while the cookie cushions the intense blow of this sweet wine.
Pedro Ximenez (PX) Sherry and Biscotti
This sherry is made from the Pedro Ximenez grape and Muscatel grapes and makes for a very sweet wine. This wine will be sweeter than the Biscotti, and taking a bite of the biscotti will calm the sweetness of the Sherry.
Ice Wine & Late Harvest Wines
When pairing wine with a dessert, you always want the wine to be sweeter than the dessert. The reason is that wines that are less sweet, well they’ll make the dessert taste bitter. Sweeter wines, on the other hand, make the dessert taste less sweet. Ice wines and Late Harvest wines fit this profile well. While they aren’t typically nutty, the syrupy flavours do coat the tongue and will meld well with the course texture of your Biscotti cookie.
Espresso and Biscotti
If it’s too early to enjoy the benefits of a glass of wine, try Biscotti with a shot of espresso to dip it in. The nutty flavours of the biscotti will mingle perfectly with the bitter coffee flavours, kick-starting your day off right!
Do you have a favourite Biscotti and Wine Pairing? Let us know in the comments below!