Matching wine and desserts always raises some questions about the best pairing, especially in terms of applying the rule of contrast of flavors or the criterion of concordance, but for the combination of pumpkin pie and wine, what is the best pairing?
Given the sweetness of the simple sugars in the delectable dessert, together with the soft texture of the pumpkin, to best appreciate its qualities it is necessary to pair it with a wine that has the same characteristics, thus following the concordance criterion.
Pumpkin Pie and a Late Harvest Moscato Bianco
Here then is one of the dessert nectars par excellence, Moscato bianco, preferably the Vendemmia Tardiva or Late Harvest type. Among the perfect wines for pumpkin pie the Moscadello di Montalcino Doc Vendemmia Tardiva is especially recommended – produced with 100% Moscato bianco grapes and characterized by a golden straw-yellow color, harmonious and pleasantly aromatic, this wine has a sweet and delicate taste with velvety elegance and envelopment typical of a dessert wine.
Pumpkin Pie and a Alto Adige Late Harvest Gewurtztraminer
Another wine, aromatic and with a delicate spiciness, which goes well with the tantalizing spicy notes of pumpkin pie, is Alto Adige Gewurtztraminer DOC Vendemmia Tardiva: deep golden color, bright and luminous, its nose offers persuasive hints of candied fruit, hints of honey, citrus and delicate spices. In the mouth it is fine and elegant, very well balanced, with softness and freshness in perfect equilibrium.
Pumpkin Pie and a Saurternes
For a pairing with classic and timeless elegance, the inevitable suggestion is Sauternes. Belonging to the muffé category, the prized French wine originates in the lands of Bordeaux from Sémillon grapes, to which Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle can be blended: a wine capable of embodying the same charge and strength of the organoleptic principles of the cake, so as to harmoniously fulfill the principle of concordance, where food and wine enhance and complement each other without overpowering one another.
Pumpkin Pie and an Ice Wine
Finally, for a bolder pumpkin pie and wine pairing, which is intriguing in its freshness, consider a sweet Ice Wine, the so-called ice wine produced from grapes ripened in the summer sun, left on the vines to freeze naturally and harvested by skilled hands at the frigid temperatures of -8 / -10°. Among the ice wines produced in Italy is San Sebastiano, made from Avanà grapes in the vineyards of the Alta Valle di Susa Mountain Community, pinkish in color with golden hues. When served at a temperature of 8°, it releases aromas of exotic fruit, apricot and dried figs, enhanced by a pleasant freshness and distinct sweetness.