kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Wine and carrot cake?

A client of mine for an upcoming wine tasting/dinner party asked me today what she should serve with dessert she is serving, which is carrot cake.

As a general rule, if you are serving wine with dessert, the wine needs to be at least as sweet as the dessert, if not sweeter, or it can come off tasting too tart and vinegar-like. Carrot cake isn't THAT sweet (the icing is probably the sweetest part...), so she would be safe going with a demi-sec Champagne or sparkling wine, or a regular or late harvest Gewurztraminer.

The Gewurztraminer would especially work, in my opinion, as the spice in the wine would bring out the spice in the carrot cake. And as far as American bottlings of this grape (which literally means "spicy grape" in German), look for Hogue, Chateau St. Michelle, and Fetzer.