Decadence abounded at the Taste of Solvang’s Dessert Reception. It was a dessert-aholics paradise for those with a sweet tooth. One definitely went away with a sugar high.
All together there were 17 different desserts to taste. Of those ten were from professional sweet makers and the other seven were amateurs. All competed for three awards. Best Professional Dessert, Best Amateur Dessert and the People’s Choice. The winner of the Best Professional was Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates in Solvang for their Dark/Light Truffles. The Amateur winner was Lana Clark with her “Grandma Ruth’s Homemade Peanut Brittle. The People’s Choice Award went to Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery in Solvang their Raspberry Crisp Delights.
I did not indulge in all the desserts but I can say that my favorites were Kathleen Williams-Turk’s Orgasmic Choc’t Carmels, Lana Clark’s “Grandma Ruth’s Peanut Brittle and Hadsten House Restaurant's gluten free Coconut Macaroons. These three would be at the top of my list for award winners.
As for the wines my favorites were from the Wandering Dog Wine Bar. They offered three wines that were all exceptional. The 2007 J. Dusi Zinfandel Port from Paso Robles was a rich dessert wine that was perfect for any chocolate dessert. The 2011 Gilli Malvasia Nero, Piedmont, Italy was a refreshing bubbly Rosé sparkling wine with a hint of sweetness. Last was the 2012 La Caudrina Moscato D’Asti, Piedmont, Italy, a bubbly effervescent fruity sparkling wine.
Another dessert wine that was perfect for any fruity dessert was Dascomb Cellars', a late harvest Viognier, a fruit forward heavy bodied wine that exudes the flavor of peaches.
Now that I have had my fill of desserts, I look forward to tomorrow’s samplings of foods at the Taste of Solvang's Smorgaasbord.
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