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Which wine pairs best with panettone? Don't make the mistake of serving it with a dry sparkling wine, because this is one of those rare cases in which opposites don't attract. In technical terms, it's known as complimentary pairing: i.e. a sweet, aromatic dessert like panettone should be paired with a wine that is just as sweet and aromatic – a taste that elicits similar sensations on the palate. An excellent choice is either Passito or a Sicilian Malvasia, containing the same hints of raisins, dried fruit and candied citrus found in panettone. Other good matches include a Moscato d’Asti, a sparkling Moscato from the Oltrepò Pavese or a sparkling Recioto della Valpolicella. Alternately, teetotalers can enjoy their slice of panettone with an aromatic
tea, also chosen for its complimentary ingredients, including notes of cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest.