The Ultimate Wine and Pie Pairing Guide

What’s better than a table of pies? A pie-laden table paired with wines that raise each slice to otherworldly heights.
Photo by Beth Galton / Styling by Barrett Washburne

Millions will top off their holiday with a piece of pie. Make this year’s finale even more memorable by pairing it with one of these great American wines.

The Pie: Pumpkin

The Pairing: Novelty Hill 2014 Late Harvest Sémillon Columbia Valley (92 points, $25)

This late harvest wine brings out the pumpkin’s sweet side. Citrus and flowers dance with the pie’s silky texture, while the pie’s spices add refinement to the wine’s ripe pineapple and peach.

The Pie: Pecan Bourbon

The Pairing: Cairdean Estate 2011 Zinfandel Dessert Wine Napa Valley (90 points, $58)

A hefty nut pie deserves a Port-like dessert wine made from powerhouse Zinfandel. Rich chocolate notes match the Bourbon and nuts, while hints of preserved blackberries bring a fruity element to the mix. The mocha-tinged finish will please the coffee-with-dessert crowd.

The Pie: Apple

The Pairing: Husch 2013 Estate Late Harvest Gewurztraminer Anderson Valley (94 points, $25)

The comfort of warm apple pie meets its match with this exotic Gewürztraminer. Pineapple, apricot and honey play off the baked apples, toasted almonds help bring out the pie’s cinnamon and nutmeg.

Apple Pie and Wine
Photo by Beth Galton / Styling by Barrett Washburne

The Pie: Cranberry-Pear

The Pairing: Chehalem 2015 Ridgecrest Vineyards Sext Riesling Ribbon ridge (90 point, $24)

The light spritz and lively acidity of this Riesling embraces the tart cranberries, while juicy, tropical fruit brightens the warm, silky pears.

The Pie: Sweet Potato Meringue

The Pairing: Hermann J. Wiemer 2014 Late Harvest Riesling Seneca Lake (88 points, $24)

The bright, lemony acidity of this playful late harvest Riesling refreshes after a gravy-soaked meal. Let the airy meringue and sweet, gentle peach notes lift your food coma

The Pie: Chess

The Pairing: Castello di Amorosa 2013 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer Anderson Valley (92 points, #39)

This intensely sweet Southern pie calls for a wine with energetic acidity. This refreshing, citrus-flecked Gewürztraminer cuts through the pie’s powerful punch.

Published on December 8, 2015
Topics: Food Trends, Pairings
About the Author
Fiona Adams
Senior Tasting Coordinator

Fiona Adams’ excitement for wine was sparked at a young age by her father. Working in a handful of New York City wine shops and a stint in Long Island wine country, she developed her wine knowledge, eventually earning her Level 2 WSET certification. Joining Wine Enthusiast in 2014, Fiona hopes to share her passion for natural wines.

Email: fadams@wineenthusiast.net



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