Since over-indulgence is a recurring theme over the Christmas period, it is highly likely that most of us will not be content with one pudding on Christmas day but will offer a second with the rather limp excuse that it is to satisfy those who don’t like the traditional plum pudding!! The golden rule when matching wine with desserts is to make sure your pudding wine is sweeter than your pudding. Likely fruity contenders and their partners:

– Trifle – cream, custard, booze and a token amount of fruit are the key elements of trifle so it can be a tricky one to match. Try the Finca Antigua Moscatel from Spain.

Finca Antigua Moscatel 2013 37.5cl

Finca Antigua Moscatel 2013 37.5cl Pk6

Bottle Price: £9.85 / €13.49 Case Bottle Price: £8.87 / €12.14

– Pavlova topped with berries – meringue based desserts are some of the sweetest puddings out there so make sure your dessert wine is sweet enough to match. The Elysium Black Muscat should fit the bill.

Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2013

Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2013

Bottle Price: £9.99 / €14.65 Case Bottle Price: £8.99 / €13.19

– Apple pie or crumble – buttery pastry and tangy apples cry out for a good Barsac or Sauternes. Perfect with the Cypres de Climens.

Cypres De Climens 2007 37.5cls

Cypres De Climens 2007 37.5cls

Bottle Price: £20.75 / €26.99 Case Bottle Price: £18.68 / €24.29

– Citrus based desserts – lemon and orange are popular flavours for desserts. Match with Essensia Orange Muscat for a lovely, zesty finale.

Quady Essensia Orange Muscat 2012

Quady Essensia Orange Muscat 2012

Bottle Price: £9.99 / €14.65 Case Bottle Price: £8.99 / €13.19