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  • Writer's pictureJeff Sowells

Enjoying Topaz With Food

Updated: May 23, 2018

Don't be fooled, Topaz is not just for dessert. It pairs well with savory dishes as well. The classic match is seared foie gras or a rich pate. When the lush sweetness of the wine meets the elegant fattiness it explodes on the taste buds like the Fourth of July! Throw in a slice of grilled pineapple or peach and you might as well call it a day. Not for the faint of heart. Literally.

So back to dessert. Be careful here, too sweet and it will fight the wine. You're looking to enhance not overwhelm. Think fresh or dried fruit; pears, figs, nectarines, or mango. Add a bite of creamy blue cheese such as a

"Cambozola" or "Costello" and it starts to rock. Roasted nuts are always a welcome addition, almonds pecans or cashews. Walnuts with their tannin seem to brighten the focus of the sweet nectar. If the nuts are salted it makes for an interesting contrast with the sugar.

As in all things, food and wine taste is subjective. Experiment. If it tastes good to you, go for it!

Simple Roasted Walnuts


  1. Raw walnut pieces (or almonds, pecans, etc.)

  2. Cooking spray such as "Pam"

  3. Sea salt

Heat oven to 350. Spread nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Coat lightly with cooking spray. Roast 12-15 minutes on top rack or until golden brown. Be careful as they will scorch quickly. Remove and salt to taste. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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