Warmth and sweetness in apple form

If you’ve followed me for long, you probably know that apple desserts and wine are some of my favorite pairings. The spices that are often used in apple desserts, like cinnamon and nutmeg, balance the sweetness of the dessert and often marry well with similar flavors...

We’re Ba-ack!

Hello, hello, hello!!! I couldn’t be more excited to be back typing to you after a little hiatus. For those of you who have been around for a while, you know that The Sugar Vine has been offline for a little while. I needed to do some work on the website and spend...

Ringing in the New Year

Champagne- It is synonymous with New Year’s Eve, celebrations, and joy. In honor of the upcoming New Year, here are 10 fun facts about the bubbly beverage.

Make Your Winter a Little Warmer

As the nights turn colder, we start craving warm, comforting foods and drinks- hot lava cake, warm apple pie, cider, hot cocoa, and mulled wine. Mulled wine is a classic, hot spiced wine made around the holidays (or anytime someone needs something warm and comforting). It is commonly served in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Brazil- pretty much all around the world. Each country puts its own spin on the wine, but the basic ingredients are wine; spices such as cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon; sugar of some sort; and citrus.

Traditional German Stollen

Stollen is a traditional Christmas bread laden with as much history as it has fruit and nuts. Since at least the 14th century, stollen has been a traditional German Christmas bread, known as Weinachtstollen or Christstollen at this time of year. It is a sweet bread made with cinnamon, nuts, and dried fruit. The fruit used can include raisins, currants, candied orange, and lemon. It’s not uncommon to find rum in the bread as well, and it is often covered in powdered sugar or icing. It is a dense bread, often weighing in around 4 pounds, although that can vary depending on the bakery

Christmas Cookie Pairing Time

One of my favorite childhood memories is making Christmas cookies. It was an annual tradition and we had a set menu: chocolate crinkles, cut-outs, snickerdoodles, snowballs, and probably a few others I’m forgetting. We also made fudge and divinity if it wasn’t too humid for the candy to set. When we made the cut-outs my siblings and I each got a pan of cookies to decorate, and then of course we got to eat them when they were finished! I always preferred the smaller cookies (especially the candy cane shaped ones!) because they were a little crunchier than the others. The cookies were, of course, left out for Santa on Christmas Eve and featured prominently on Christmas morning, when we ate cookies and candy for breakfast because my mom was too busy to make breakfast.

Holiday Gift Guide Update

It’s that time again! The holiday season is so magical and fun, but it can also be stressful. You have to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life, from your parents to your spouse to your kids to your cousin’s brother’s sister’s nephew’s teacher. The Sugar Vine is here to take that weight off your shoulders! We’ve pulled together all the best wine and dessert gifts for everyone in your life. Just grab a glass of wine and start clicking!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am overwhelmed with gratitude this year for all of the many blessings in my life. At the top of my grateful list is the opportunity to share my love for dessert and wine with others. This may sound simple, and even a little trivial, but there is so much wrapped up...

Cookie Butter Desserts You Can Serve at Thanksgiving

Personally, my favorite way to eat cookie butter is by the spoonful, straight out of the jar. Seriously. Give me a jar of crunchy cookie butter for Trader Joe’s and a glass of chardonnay, and I’m a happy camper. Unfortunately, not everyone feels this way and if you’re...

Thanksgiving Wines to Take You From Dinner to Dessert

Thanksgiving is all about the pie, am I right? Okay, there’s dinner, too; but really the turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and rolls are really just a means to a sweet and satisfying end: pie. If your family is anything like mine, everyone has a favorite pie that...