Most easily translated as ‘pie’ in English, plăcintă refers to a traditional pastry that resembles a cake; the perfect excuse to crack open your bottle of sweet wine or sparkling! The pastry comes with either sweet or savoury fillings, such as potatoes, soft cheese, apple, sour cherries, or even chocolate. For the purpose of popping the cork of a sweeter number, I would recommend going for a plăcintă cu mere (apple pastry) or the more adventurous plăcintă cu urdă (ricotta and dill filled sweet pastry).
What to drink with it?
Tămâioasă Românească (Muscat) offers fresh, aromatic and light wines ranging from semi-sweet to sweet. Sweet as a result of abbreviated fermentation, where the fermentation process is cut short to prevent the yeasts from converting all of the sugar to alcohol, the wines produced are a deep yellowy-gold with honeysuckle aromas and flavours of apricots, melon and pineapple.
For those of you with a really sweet tooth, step it up to a regional ice wine, where grapes (typically Muscat or Riesling, or even sometimes red varieties!) are left on the vine through to winter. With the grapes being frozen when harvested, very little water is extracted to dilute the concentrated sugars and flavours during the pressing process. As a result, ice wines are lusciously sweet and intense with a racing acidity for a clean finish.
If you love the sound of these Moldovan wines then have a look at some of our recent recommendations you can find in the UK - you won't be disappointed! And learn more about one of our favourite Moldovan wineries, Et Cetera. Cheers!