Pie, pie, pie!

National Pie Day is a completely made-up day to celebrate and honor all things pie. It’s a little ridiculous but kind of awesome at the same time. National Pie Day is celebrated on January 23rd. In honor of National Pie Day, here are some fun facts about pie, as well as some great recipes and wine pairings.

Keeping Warm with Wine and Dessert

We’re quickly approaching the coldest part of winter for many areas in the U.S., which means that it is high time for comfort foods, which to me means red wines and heavy desserts. This week, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite winter wines and desserts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Stay warm and have a sweet day!

Happy New Year from The Sugar Vine!

Happy New Year! I hope you celebrated the new year just the way you wanted and you are ready for an awesome 2018. Here at The Sugar Vine, we are hitting the ground running, getting lots of exciting things ready for you. We’ve already made some changes to the website to make your time here as interesting and easy as possible. We know you’re busy and we love that you spend some of your precious time with us. Here are some more exciting things to look forward to this year:

Marzipan- A Treasured Christmas Gift

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.

Stollen- A sweet bread laden with tradition

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

German Dessert and German Wine

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.