The Science Behind a Classic Pairing

Wine and cheese. It’s a classic pairing, like peanut butter and jelly but better. You may have had a cheese plate with a wine flight a dozen times, but do you know why your taste buds are so happy when you do? If you’re not curious now, stop reading. Grab a cheese...

All pumpkin, all the time

I know I’m going against popular opinion here, but I don’t love pumpkin. I can appreciate the craft behind a good, homemade pumpkin pie but for some reason I’ve never really enjoyed the taste. However, I realize I’m in the minority here, given that pumpkin spice...

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...

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.

Pie Season has Arrived!

Halloween is over, November is here, and that means one thing: we can all start gorging ourselves on pie! This is one of my favorite times of year because pie comes front and center in the dessert world. At other times of the year, most people think of cake, cookies, and ice cream when they want dessert, but in November it. Is. All. Pie. Pumpkin, lemon meringue, coconut cream, pecan, apple, cherry, buttermilk, you can have any flavor you want, any crust you want, and as much of it as you want!