Since we’re all about Germany and Christmas this month, I thought it would be fun to try out a few German wines with German desserts to find the best pairings for you. And boy, did I! German desserts have both sweet and savory characteristics, which makes it fun to pair them with the large variety of German wines on the market. While there are tons of options when it comes to German desserts, I focused on three of the most iconic holiday desserts, that we’re also discussing on dessert day on the blog: lebkuchen, stollen, and marzipan.
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.
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
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!
Marzipan is a candy that gets a bad rap with many but is also very popular around Christmas. Basic marzipan is made from sugar and ground almonds and can have added flavors like pistachio and be covered in chocolate. Marzipan’s unique composition makes it perfect for shaping realistic figures that last a long time.