The Perfect Sparkling Wine For Your Christmas Cakes

20th December 2021

Christmas Cakes and Sparkling Wine

Christmas is the perfect time of year to indulge yourself in the delights of the chocolaty, creamy and sweet spices of the festive season, Cakes, Biscuits, Pies and more, you’re bound to enjoy one during the Christmas season and if you would like to find the perfect Sparkling Wine to enjoy alongside it, then keep on reading.

Sparkling Wine and sweet treats can go hand in hand, creating an even more delicious combination, bringing out hidden flavours which have just lingered in the background waiting to light up your taste buds with their hidden talents.

We have 5 different Christmas treats to enjoy and two different Sparkling Wines to see which work best with which, please join us on our venture to discover which will pair best and hopefully receive a place by your side this Christmas.

The Sweet Sparkling Wines

Heinz Theodor Schroeder settled down in Patagonia in 1927 and began working in the wine industry, their winery and vineyards are located in San Patricio del Chañar, Patagonia at the heart of the southernmost wine region of Argentina. Chief enologist Leonardo Puppato helped in the technical design of the winery and also conducts the winemaking practices.

During the construction of the winery’s building, fossilized bones of a large herbivorous dinosaur were discovered. This became a massive part of Familia Schroeder, with them specially designing a cellar house to showcase the original bones in the exact place they were discovered. After several years of study, the paleontologists concluded that the fossils belonged to a new species, so the dinosaur received a new name: Panamericansaurus Schroederi, in recognition of the family contribution to the excavation works.

Name: Panamericansaurus Schroederi
Age: 75 million years (Campanian – Maastrichtian). Late Cretaceous.
Systematics: Sauropoda. Titanosauridae.
Environment: Coastal plain of shallow seas.
Length: 10 to 12 meters.
Diet: Herbivore.

Familia Schroeder – Deseado – Tasting Notes

Aroma 👃 “Mango, apricot, peach, hints of tropical fruits. A lovely array of ripe fruits on the aroma.”

Flavour 👅 “A sweet burst of fruity flavours, including peach, apricot, tropical, apricot in syrup and more on the palate.”

This Argentinian Sparkling Wine Won a Gold Medal in the Dessert Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021

Familia Schroeder – Deseado Rosé – Tasting Notes

Aroma 👃 “Raspberry cheesecake, raspberries, cream, pink floral and more on the palate.”

Flavour 👅 “A similar taste of raspberries, cheese, cream and floral notes on the palate.”

This Argentinian Sparkling Wine Won a Gold Medal in the Dessert Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021

Now it’s time to enjoy the treats and pair these two Sparkling Wines with each to find the best pairing results, you can watch our tasting right here or continue reading for the results.

Mince Pies

Deseado and Mince Pies Pairing  – “A ripe tropical burst turns this mince pie into a tropical holiday treat, the sparkling wine is prominent but not overpowering, lovely, peach, apricot and mango flavours.”

Deseado Rosé and Mince Pies Pairing – “A subtle burst of red berries, nicely combine with the mince pie.”


Deseado and Stollen Pairing  – “A delicate burst of ripe fruits from the Sparkling Wine, its a much welcomed guest which doesn’t stay long, leaving you with the full flavours of the stollen at the end.”

Deseado Rosé and Stollen Pairing – “Red berries take over the stollen flavours, these leave halfway through ending up with the stollen at the end.”


Deseado and Profiteroles Pairing – “The soft delicate pastry, cream and chocolate are better enjoyed on their own, the sparkling wine comes in awkwardly, not the best combination.”

Deseado Rosé and Profiteroles Pairing – “The Profiteroles are a delicate delight and for this combination, the sparkling wine isn’t delicate enough.”

Gingerbread and Butterscotch Bombe

Deseado and  Bombe Pairing – “The Sparkling Wine comes in subtlety but leaves all the flavours enhanced, you feel its unlocked hidden flavours.”

Deseado Rosé and Bombe Pairing – “The spice flavours take on a red berries note, still delivering the gingerbread and butterscotch, but with a red berry touch.”

Christmas Cake & Chocolate Bites

Deseado and Christmas Cake – “As long as you don’t get too much icing, there’s a lively touch of tropical ripe fruits added into this Christmas cake.”

Deseado Rosé and Christmas Cake – “The Sparkling Wine adds a layer of red berries to the icing sugar, giving it a slightly more Christmas flavour, it’s an OK combination, but not perfect.”

Deseado and Chocolate Bites  – “The Sparkling Wine is immediately lost to the power of the chocolate.”

Deseado Rosé and Chocolate Bites – “The chocolate again overpowers the Sparkling Wine.”

Sparkling Wine is made to be enjoyed and what better time to enjoy it, than on and around Christmas, the time where smiles are on everyone’s faces, bellies are waiting to be filled and glasses should never be empty. If you’re also looking for the perfect Champagne or Sparkling Wine to enjoy with your roast dinner, then check out these two articles that may help you: 10 Champagnes & Sparkling Wines to put in your Christmas Trolley and The Best Wine For Your Turkey Dinner.

Oliver Walkey

Oliver Walkey

WSET 2 Journalist focused on sharing Champagne and Sparkling Wine reviews and cocktails to the world.