Coconut Cake with Wine

The Story:

Let's face it, I'm a girly, girl.  I like makeup, heels and handbags, but I also have an adventurous side.  So, when my fiance asked me to try snowboarding for the first time last year, I was totally up for a new experience and a chance to pick out the perfect outfit.  After buying all the needed gear, plus adorable ear muffs, I waited anxiously for the opportunity to show him that I was just as good as the boys were at one of his favorite sports.

That day, I applied my makeup as usual and threw my hair in a pretty ponytail.  After putting the layers of clothing on, I walked out and twirled in front of my fiance, "Ta da!"  "Cute, babe," he giggled.  A shuttle picked us up for the long ride to Mt. Charleston and shortly thereafter, we made our way to the slope.  I had never skied before, let alone been on a snowboard, so we headed towards the bunny hill to get in a few practice runs.

Luckily, I had no problem standing up or getting on and off the ski lift.  The problem was stopping.  He showed me how to turn on my back heels to get the board to stop.  Yeah, easier said than done for an amateur like me because every time I rode down the hill, I crashed and burned at the bottom!  Not only that, Mt. Charleston is not really the ideal skiers location unless there's fresh powder.  As the sun began to shine brighter and brighter, the snow turned to ice and my hands and rear end were feeling the effects from falling on it.  Finally, I decided to call it quits.  I went inside the ski lodge, ordered a glass of crap wine in my cute little snow outfit and told myself to "Quit WINEing" and start drinking!  As I watched him tear down the slope, I thought, the shopping was by far more fun than the actual sport;)~

The Pairing:

Coconut cake reminds me of a big snow ball.  The flakes look like snowflakes and for some reason, this dessert seems perfect in winter.  Too bad they weren't serving it at the ski lodge.  I could have nursed my wounds over a piece of it!

There are several ways you can go when choosing a wine to pair with coconut cake, but a fun one to try is a bottle of sparkling Astoria Sweet Lounge from the Veneto region of Italy.  The wine is made using both the Moscato and Prosecco grapes.  It has aromas of peach, pear, apricot and honey mixed in with white flowers and a touch of minerality.

On the palate the wine is sweet but balanced by a bit of acidity, stopping the wine from coming across as cloying.  The sugar in the wine does extremely well with how intensely sweet the cake is and gives the wine enough body to stand up to its richness.  The slight effervescence from the wine helps to wash the cake and cream off the tongue and the coconut and vanilla flavors marry nicely with the delicate aromas found in the wine.  Overall, this pairing gives me that tell-tale sign of a great match by wanting to take another sip of wine after each bite of cake.  Hope you enjoy!


Please let me know your comments in the section below!  What's better, snowboarding or sking?  What dessert do you enjoy best in winter?  Let's chat!

Where To Find The Wine:

Astoria Sweet Lounge is available at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits.  Please visit their website: or call 702-435-9463.  They can ship anywhere!