Sweet Treat: Pairing your favorite pies with PA wines

Maybe they should reconsider the moniker “holiday season”? Perhaps “pie period” would be more appropriate. The pastry-lined delights are an excellent way to end a celebratory meal and an always-welcome offering to your host. Want to be even more popular? Pair your favorite pie with a bottle of Pennsylvania wine. Here’s a quick cheat sheet.

Apple Pie + PA Niagara

This all-American classic deserves an all-American wine to accompany it. Niagara is a native grape, and the resulting medium-bodied wines provide a sweet complement to buttery, flaky pie crust. Click here for Chef Elizabeth Long-Furia’s alternative apple-pie pairing and the rest of her Thanksgiving spread.

Lemon Meringue Pie + PA Pinot Grigio

Pennsylvanian Pinot Grigio is a dry, clean white packed with bright citrus flavors. The wine’s lightness is a great way to cut through the tartness of a lemon meringue pie, creating a more well-rounded taste with every bite. In addition, the acidity of both the Pinot Grigio and the pie will complement each other without overpowering the taste buds.

Pumpkin Pie + PA Albariño

Mix it up by pairing an up-and-comer, PA Albariño, with a holiday icon, pumpkin pie. This dry, floral white will act as a palate cleanser between every bite and bring out the sweetness in the pie from behind its wall of spice.

Peanut Butter Pie + PA Baco Noir

Here’s one for red wine lovers: Baco Noir will play nicely with peanut butter pie. Fortunately, this wine works whether you’re popping the cork on a lighter Pinot Noir-style bottle or a bolder Baco Noir with more color and body — the former will help offset the richness of the pie, the latter will accentuate it with robust red fruit flavors.

Pecan Pie + PA Catawba

Pecan pie is nutty and decadent, which makes it an intriguing, indulgent match for PA’s pink Catawba. While they’re both sweet, the mild acidity and medium body of Catawba will help balance out the richness of this beloved dessert. Want to really set tastebuds alight: Try serving a glass of chilled Catawba with a slice of warm pecan pie.

Cranberry Pie + PA Cabernet Sauvignon

The sharp berry sweetness of cranberry pie cries out for a bold red like PA Cabernet Sauvignon. The herbal and floral notes of the wine will accentuate the pie’s complex flavor, while the graphite and tobacco notes will cut through the sweetness of the coarse sugar crust, balancing out your palate.