Cheesecake: it’s a creamy, dreamy, little slice of Heaven with a graham cracker crust and today is National Cheesecake Day. To celebrate, we bring you a selection of the best wines to drink with cheesecake, no matter the topping.
You’ll want something more subdued. Go with a sweet Riesling, or a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc.
For a honey cheesecake, try a wine that has a touch of sweetness and plenty of acidity; Try a Moscato, or a dry Rosé. Our pick to pair with this Cheesecake is the Harvest Acres Sweet Gold Moscato. Its flavors of honeysuckle, sweet Georgia peach, melon and orange blossom make for a crisp and bright counterpart to a Honey cheesecake.
Strawberry or Cherry Topped Cheesecake
You can’t go wrong with a late harvest Riesling. You could also pair these fruity cheesecakes with Sauterne, Muscatel, or even sweet Champagne. These wines have a scent or flavor of fruits and honey that pairs great with a berry cheesecake.
For a dessert so rich and complex, you’ll want something that will hold up to the decadent profile. Pair chocolate cheesecake with a Ruby port. Ruby port is pretty fruity and straightforward. This playful style should work well with the chocolate that dominates the cheesecake.
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Red velvet cake tends to be less sweet than its chocolate counterpart. For this one, go with a late harvest Zinfandel. It features cherry, raspberry and a hint of vanilla and a touch of acidity that balances it all out: Sweet yet not cloying.
Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake
For this decadent desert, we recommend Madeira. Madeira is a fortified wine made off the coast of Portugal, which carries delightful toffee-caramel notes as a result of the heated aging. It will pair great with this sweet cheesecake.
Pairing lemon cheesecake is tricky as the lemon flavor has a tendency to knock the lemony citrus flavor out of any accompanying wine. So, we recommend using an Italian-style ricotta cheesecake—as the citrus notes are more tempered. Try a Moscato d’Asti, or an ‘extra dry’ Prosecco.
This is typically more popular in the fall, but some enjoy the taste of pumpkin desserts year-round. For this one, go with a light wine selection— such as a Muscat, or a Moscatel.
We hope you enjoy National Cheesecake Day with these wonderful wine pairings and let us know what you think! What’s your favorite kind of cheesecake and wine pairing? If you need a great wine recommendation, ask the helpful staff at your local Spec’s.