Olly’s wine pairing: Aldi Specially Selected Sauternes (37.5cl, 14%) £9.49
Sauternes is famous for its zingy sweetness and balance. Its prices can be sky high so to find a good bottle for under a tenner is a rare treat. Serve fridge-cold in white wine glasses and take your time with it. Like the lime macarons, sweetness gives way to zestiness and it’s a pleasurable twist to really savour.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Olly’s wine pairing: De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat (50cl, 18%) £14.99,
Possibly the richest and most indulgent sweet wine of them all. Glossy, unctuous and dark, it’s like a galaxy of sweet sticky dates blitzed into a single sip. Serve this modern Australian icon of a wine chilled in small glasses for a pairing that succinctly echoes the flavours and textures in this sumptuous recipe.
Individual Lemon Sponges
Olly’s wine pairing: Taylor’s Chip Dry White Port and Tonic (25cl, 5.5%) £2.50, Ocado
White port and tonic is one of my favourite drinks from late summer into autumn. It works beautifully with lemon sponge thanks to the white port’s natural sweetness and the zingy tonic. Serve with lots of ice and a citrus slice.
Olly’s wine pairing: Tesco Finest 10 Year Old Tawny Port (20%) £12.50
A cool glass of tawny port is one of life’s delights. The cooler temperature calms the booze and enhances the sultana sweetness of this award-winning Portuguese wine.
It has a similar level of sweetness to pecan pie and a distinctive dried fruit and nutty allure. If you’re having blue cheese after dinner, it’s another pairing to amaze your guests with
Olly’s wine pairing: Luscombe Hot Ginger Beer (270ml x 12) £21.30,
This is real-deal ginger beer, with a perfectly judged kick.
Made with fresh Peruvian ginger, the quality is plain to taste with its jumping freshness and invigorating twist.
With carrot cake, it’s a booze-free delight, but if you wanted to pep it up with a discreet shot of rum, I promise I won’t tell a soul.
Baked Alaska is a joyful dessert that calls for a playful pairing, and sparkling, sweet Asti is as exuberant as it gets.
This Italian wine has been overlooked as a bit of a novelty for too long as it has a serious provenance. Serve cold in flutes to unleash the full sense of occasion!