A semi-dry sparkling wine for your maple syrup appetizers
To start a meal with maple syrup appetizers, the ideal is a semi-sparkling white wine. The sweetness of these wines goes well with the sweetness of the maple syrup. In addition, the bubbles of sparkling wines break up the fat brought by pork grills, maple smoked bacon or cheese bites. For a perfect match, try a semi-dry Crémant de Loire, a semi-dry Vouvray, or a semi-dry Montlouis sur Loire.
Which French wine to pair with a maple syrup dessert?
There are many desserts with maple syrup: pancakes with maple syrup, maple syrup dumplings, maple pie, maple ice cream, maple crumble… the ideas are inexhaustible when it comes to maple syrup! The ideal wine to accompany a maple dessert is a wine with a good sweetness and woody aromas reminiscent of maple. Among the many French wines, choose a Rivesaltes AOC, a sweet natural wine with aromas of honey, acacia, roasted pineapple, candied apricots and even maple syrup! Alternatively, a delicious Coteaux du Layon AOC from the Loire Valley, with its aromas of candied fruit, lemongrass and honey will be the perfect accompaniment to any dessert made with maple syrup.
What wine to bring to the sugar shack?
It’s almost sugaring season and sugaring season means sugar shack! The long-awaited recipes made with maple syrup are here. From maple dumplings, maple ham, maple scrambled eggs, and maple sausage to maple smoked salmon, which wine should you bring to the sugar shack?
Dry woody white wine with scrambled eggs in maple syrup or baked beans
To accompany your sugar shack meal, choose a dry white wine that has been aged in oak barrels. Indeed, among the many aromas that maple syrup reminds us of, let’s note vanilla and wood. A wine that has been aged in oak barrels, a good part of which is new oak, will offer pronounced aromas of wood and vanilla… Ideal to accompany your sweet and sour meals with maple syrup! A Chardonnay from Burgundy, or a wine from the Loire Valley made from Chenin grapes and aged in barrels, would be perfect.
Woody red wine with a meat pie or any meat in maple syrup
For your meat in maple syrup, such as ham, lamb, beef, or even a meat like duck, choose a dry or a woody red wine with a slight sweetness. Here, the sugar is absolutely welcome as it will echo the maple syrup in your recipe. Red Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy that have been aged in oak barrels are excellent companions to sugar shack meals!
Have a good sugar season and, above all, bon appétit!