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Save Room for Dessert

Recipes for Thanksgiving pies and tarts, plus some great wines to round out the table

Laurie Woolever
Posted: November 19, 2007

After the dishes have been cleared and the first of the football games has been played, it's time for something sweet. There's no more traditional Thanksgiving dessert than a fruit pie or tart, so we've pulled together some of our best recipes from the Wine Spectator archive.

The Brioche Tart with Fromage Blanc and Pear-Cherry Compote combines a rich butter dough with luscious pached fruits and a creamy custard. If you wants some bright citrus flavors after all that savory turkey and trimmings, you'll love the Citrus Marmalade Tart. Try the Fresh Date Tart for a recipe that's quick and easy, yet rich and satisfying. Pear Tart Tatin is an intriguing variation on a classic, and calls for a simple pie dough rather than the traditional puff pastry. And if you're looking for a bit of a twist on a Thanksgiving favorite, look no further than Pumpkin Mango Pie.

Last week we suggested some red wines from Southwest France for the holiday table, and to round it out, here are some suggested whites from the same region to go with the turkey and trimmings, plus a dessert wine (Château Jolys Jurançon 2005) to wind it all up. Happy cooking, and happy Thanksgiving!

Wine Score Price
CHÂTEAU JOLYS Jurançon 2005 89 $18
Medium-bodied and elegant, with touches of richness to the delicate flavors of white peach, cherry, kiwi and melon. Off-dry, with tropical fruit and spice filling the finish. Drink now through 2011. 12,000 cases made.—K.M.
CHÂTEAU JOLYS Jurançon Sec 2004 88 $14
Taut, showing crisp apple and crunchy peach flavors, with hints of apricot and golden raisin and a clean finish of spice and mineral. Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng. Drink now through 2012. 15,000 cases made.—K.M.
J. & F. LURTON Petit Manseng Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne Terres Fumées 2006 87 $9
Medium-bodied, with mineral and stone fruit flavors and plenty of fresh citrus notes. Drink now. 10,000 cases made.—K.M.
UNION DE PRODUCTEURS PLAIMONT Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne Colombelle White 2006 86 $8
A fresh white, with juicy, crunchy flavors of pear, apple and spice. Finishes with appealing herbal notes and a squirt of citrus. A nice party aperitif. Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Listan and Chardonnay. Drink now. 400,000 cases made.—K.M.
CHÂTEAU TOUR DES GENDRES Bergerac Sec Cuvée des Conti 2005 2005 86 $15
There's nice richness to the pear, golden apple and spice flavors, with a dollop of lime and mint on the finish. Medium-bodied, with a supple mouthfeel. Drink now through 2011. 5,000 cases made.—K.M.
J. & F. LURTON Sauvignon Blanc Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan Les Fumées Blanches 2006 86 $9
This has a fresh, herbal cast, with plenty of lime and ruby grapefruit on the crisp finish, with minerally elements. Drink now. 200,000 cases made.—K.M.

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