My first thought when I read the theme was brownies. To me, brownies are one of the best desserts. Dense, chewy, dark chocolate brownies. The brownie recipe out of the new Thomas Keller cookbook, Ad Hoc, fit the bill nicely. I mean how can you go wrong with a brownie recipe that calls for 3 sticks of butter?!
I paired these rich squares of goodness with a dessert wine from Wedge Mountain Winery. Their Roses & Rubies is a raspberry dessert wine that is a very unique. It clocks in at 18% alcohol, which is acheived through natural fermentation without the addition of brandy or spirits. This wine screams raspberry the moment you pop the cork. The aroma is intoxicating. This worked so perfectly with the brownies. Not so cloyingly sweet, with this great tartness on the back palate that balanced the bittersweet chocolate in the brownies. This is a definite winner in my book.