Dessert Wines

What WINE pairs with a Hangover?

Stu Price: So, uh, are you sure you're qualified to be taking care of that baby?Alan Garner: What are you talking about?  I've found a baby before. Stu Price: You found a baby before?  Where? Alan Garner: Coffee Bean.

The Story:

What's the worst part about drinking too much?  No, it's not starting a fight or flashing your goodies for total strangers to see, it's called a hangover.  The pounding headache, bubble guts and nausea you receive after a night of mindless drinking far outweigh the shame you feel for acting inappropriately.  People claim to have all kinds of remedies to aid a hangover.  However, from experience, I can tell you the only thing that works is to drink more alcohol in the form of a bloody Mary, red beer or if you're like me, dessert wine!

The Pairing:

Since your body is going through alcohol withdrawal, give it what it needs, more vino!  While your blood is receiving the new alcohol, it ignores the old.  The 2009 Alois Kracher Cuvee Auslese from Burgenland, Austria is perfect for nursing a nasty hangover.  Kracher is famous for making some of the most delicious sweet wines in the world. Since dessert wine is consumed in small quantities, you'll be giving your body just enough alcohol to keep your headache at bay. Secondly, it tastes great!  The wine is a blend of 70% Welchriesling and 30% Chardonnay.  Its full of ripe peaches, pineapple, a hint of grapefruit, spice and a touch of minerality marked by refreshing acidity and a lush texture.  The final reason you should choose the 2009 Alois Kracher Cuvee Auslese to offset a hangover is because the wine is sweet, helping to give you a boost of energy for those moments you need to get from the couch to the fridge.  Cheers to a speedy recovery!

Where to buy the wine:

The 2009 Alois Kracher Cuvee Auslese is available at Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits.  Please call (702) 435-9463 or visit  They can ship almost anywhere!


Please let me know your comments in the section below!  How do you cure a hangover?  What's your favorite line from the movie?  Let’s chat!

What WINE pairs with a breakup?

Breaking up is hard to do...

The Story:

You found someone to get fat and cuddly with over the holidays.  But let’s face it, summer is just months away and they've served their purpose.  Here’s how to trim that extra fat by picking the perfect wine to breakup with him or her.  Besides, they didn't meet your parents anyway.

The Pairing:

So you don't want to break their heart?  I have the perfect solution!  Leave a "Dear John" letter accompanied by a glass of the 2008 Towbin James "Liquid Love" Late Harvest Zinfandel from Paso Robles, California on the counter next to your key.  Whatever you do, don't smear a lipstick stained kiss on the note or spray it with perfume...this creates stalkers.

Once they take a sip of the wine, they'll start to feel better.  Alcohol has a quick numbing effect and at 17.2% abv, this wine is sure to ease the pain.  Plus, Liquid Love is full of raspberry jam mixed with fig, prune, black pepper, milk chocolate and a dried meat quality that reminds me of salami.  Who would be upset with that?  On the palate, the wine boasts flavors of cherry jam, dried tobacco, black pepper and milk chocolate.  Liquid Love is also soft and sweet due to the grapes hanging on the vines late into the season.  We can only hope your soon to be ex won't want to hang on, too!

P.S. This wine works even if you're the one getting dumped.  Take two sips and tell me you don't feel better?  Plus, it's amazing with chocolate, something I'm sure you'll be indulging in after a breakup!  And one final word of advice...delete them from your friend list.  Cheers to being single!

Where to buy the wine:

The 2008 Towbin James Liquid Love Late Harvest Zinfandel is priced at $18.99 and is available at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits.  Please call (702) 435-9463 or visit  They can ship anywhere!


Please let me know your comments in the section below!  I know I've gone through a few horrible breakups where wine was there to dry my tears, what about you?  Did you indulge in ice cream or did it include some heavy drinking??  Let's chat!


Bananas Foster with Wine

I've fallen and I can get up!

The Story:

I never liked bananas until I tried them with liquor.  Now I'm a banana raging alcoholic!

Maybe it's the presentation or it could simply be the alcohol, but Bananas Foster has been a favorite of mine for years.  Watching this dessert light up in flames is enough to make anyone interested.  Just be careful not to burn the place down in the process!

The Pairing:

I chose to pair Bananas Foster with the 2003 Castelnau de Suduiraut Sauternes from Bordeaux, France.  Sauternes (SOH-tairn) is made from a blend of 3 white grapes, Semillion, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.  If you're not familiar with Sauternes, it's a deliciously rich and honeyed dessert wine that is affected by noble rot.  Rot, you say!  I know it sounds bad, but this is a good form of rot known as Botrytis.  Botrytis dehydrates and concentrates the grapes, leaving behind the sugar, acids and minerals.  It's said to also impart its own flavors, which are characterized as savory.  The resulting wine is full of apricots, peaches and honey with a beautiful balance of sugar to acidity.

Sauternes is excellent with fruit based desserts, which is one of the reasons I chose it.  I also knew that I needed a wine that could stand up to the weight of the dish.  Since Sauternes has a syrupy rich texture, the wine married nicely with the richness of the ice cream and sauce, made up of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum and banana liqueur.  The honey, vanilla, toast, citrus and dried apricot flavors of this particular bottling also married nicely with the dessert.  After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, I notice the banana flavor intensifies and the cinnamon really shines through as well.  At one point I don't know whether I'm tasting the food or the wine since they seem to have to become one in my mouth.  The zesty acidity in the wine cuts through the creaminess of the dish yet allows the flavors to linger on the palate for an incredible amount of time.  Freakin' delicious!  One thing I'd like to add is to be conservative on how much sauce you pour over your ice cream and bananas.  The wine, although sweet, will explode with less competition.  Cheers and enjoy!

P.S.  Sauternes can age for decades under the right circumstances.  Many professionals feel you shouldn't even open the bottle until it has a copper color, signifying that the wine has taken on more complex aromas.


Please leave your comments in the section below!  Have you ever tried dessert wine?  What was it and did you drink it alone or with food?  Let's chat!

Port Wine Caramel Sauce

Hello lover! (Carrie voice from Sex and the City)...

Satisfy your "sweeteeth" by drizzling this little jar of joy over a bowl of vanilla ice cream or chocolate cheesecake, accompanied by a glass of you guessed it, Tawny Port!

(Makes a perfect gift alongside a set of Port glasses and a bottle of Warre's Otima 10 year old Tawny Port)