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Moon cakes are traditional treats eaten at the time of the mid-autumn or moon festival. The festival is the official harvest festival in China and Vietnam and is held on the 15th day of the eight month in the Chinese and Vietnamese calendars, during a full moon.

moon cakesIt traditionally falls in either September or October and this year is taking place on Tuesday 8 September.

It is celebrated by lighting lanterns and eating moon cakes and a wide variety of other dishes too.

Christie’s has already paired a variety of savoury dishes with fine wines, now the buying team from Wine Etc has paired wines with the wide variety of moon cake flavours there are to be had as well.

Mathieu Pouchan, chief sommelier for the group, explained: “Wine and desserts have been on the rise in the last few months, so we would just like to offer our two cents on how to match desserts with wine as many customers have specially requested for a guide on how to balance the flavours to gain the best result.”

On the following pages is the guide to the best wines to have with your favourite moon cake.

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