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Frangipane Apricot and Fig Tart with Antinori DonatoIt wasn't a perfect match - brought to accompany a Fig and Apricot Frangipane dessert I was hoping for better. The fruit and sweet pastry were just too much for this Vin Santo. It is usually served with biscotti or amaretti biscuits; even the distinct nutty edge did little with the desserts pistachio topping.

Dessert WineWine Tasting Note: Antinori Donato Vin Santo, NV, Italy.
From Waitrose for £6.99.

A mahogany colour with a lightly alcoholic nose. The palate does have an edge of sweetness but far from being 'sticky' it has a nutty, sherry-like, almost dry finish. Hints of caramel and coffee permeate the burnt fig flavour. Very distinctive. Alcohol 16.5%.

Scribblings Rating - 86/100 [3.25 out of 5]

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Hi Andrew,

Great looking tart. Sorry to hear that the wine wasn't a very great match. Would love to know what you're selection criteria were, given that you described the wine's natural companions as biscotti and amaretti - neither of which are very sweet.

I don't know that I have any great ideas for a pairing. I only ask out of curiosity, since InterWined recently produced its own food & wine pairing guidelines. It would be nice to learn what yours are.

Hi Sean, My only criteria were to secure a cheap(ish) sweet wine that I hoped would go with the tart. While I realise that Vino Santo is not always that sweet I anticipated that this would be sweeter than it turned out to be. (The Waitrose shelf-barker stated 'sweet') and I really wanted something a little different.

Been following your InterWined writings... interesting...

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