5 Types of Dessert Wine
Switch up the hefty dessert with something that will make your tastebuds glitter instead. Learn about the five primary varieties of dessert wines, ranging from the delightfully effervescent Moscato d’Asti to the dark and gloomy vintage Port of the world. Dessert wines are supposed to be sipped from tiny glasses and cherished in the same way that a fine Scotch is. Sparkling, light sweet, rich sweet, sweet red and fortified are the five varieties of dessert wines that may be found on the market.
Types of Dessert Wines
- Sweet Red Wine
- Fortified Wine
- Sparkling Dessert Wine
- Lightly Sweet Dessert Wine
- Richly Sweet Dessert Wine
A Guide to Dessert Wines
Sweet wine is made from grapes that are exceptionally sweet! In order to produce sweet wine, the fermentation process must be stopped before the yeast has converted all of the grape sugars to alcohol. To stop fermentations, numerous techniques are available, including super-cooling the wine or adding brandy to the mixture. The end product is a full-bodied wine that has been naturally sweetened with grape sugars. Despite the fact that there are hundreds of different varieties of dessert wines available on the market, the majority of them fall into five broad categories.
Take a look at all five kinds for a comprehensive look at dessert wines.
Sparkling Dessert Wine
Because of the carbonation and strong acidity in sparkling wine, it appears to be less sweet than it actually is! Certain grape types have a more pleasant aroma than others. This deceives our brain into believing that they taste sweeter as well! Consider the difference in sweetness between a Demi-Sec Moscato (or “Semi Secco”) and a Demi-Sec Champagne, despite the fact that they may contain the same quantity of sugar. Pay attention to the following terms on the label of sweet dessert wines, sparkling wines, and other sparkling beverages: Purchase the book and receive the course!
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- Demi-Sec* (which translates as “off-dry” in French)
- Amabile (which translates as “slightly sweet” in Italian)
- Semi Secco* (which translates as “off-dry” in Italian)
- French for “sweet,” Dolce / Dulce (Italian for “sweet,” Spanish for “sweet,” and Moelleux (French for “sweet,” for some French wines)
- Doux (French for “sweet,” Dolce / Dulce (Italian for “sweet,” Spanish for “sweet”)
*Not to be confused with the terms “sec” or “secco,” which are used to describe dryness in both French and Italian.
Lightly-Sweet Dessert Wine
Lightly sweet wines have a delightful sweetness to them, making them ideal for a hot afternoon. Many of these sweet wines go well with spicy dishes such as Indian or Southeast Asian cuisine, which is why they are so popular. Lightly sweet wines are best consumed as soon as possible after the vintage date, with the exception of a few exceptional examples, such as German Riesling, which may be savored for several years after the vintage date. Expect these wines to be bursting with fruit tastes and well-suited for desserts that are fruit-based or vanilla-driven.
Fruit tarts and a Gewürztraminer go together like peanut butter and jelly.
- Gewürztraminer Alsace, Alto-Adige (Italy), California, and New Zealand are all places where you may get this extremely flowery wine with modest alcohol content: Riesling Available in both dry styles (which are popular in Australia, Alsace, and the United States) and sweeter styles (which are more usually found in Germany). A wine with a high level of natural acidity, which helps to cut through the sweetness of the flavor
- Müller-Thurgau A less common type, also from Germany, that may be found in some regions of Oregon and has flowery scents and a little softer acidity than the other varieties. Porch wine is a classic and is especially good with sausages. Chenin Blanc is a white wine produced in France. When it comes to Chenin Blanc, a sweeter flavor is more frequent in the United States, although it is also produced in significant quantities in South Africa and France’s Loire Valley region. When purchasing Chenin Blanc, pay close attention to the label because many South African and French producers produce dry versions that taste more like a dry Sauvignon Blanc
- When purchasing Viognier, pay close attention to the label because many South African and French producers create dry versions that taste more like a dry Sauvignon Blanc
- The majority of the time, viognier is not sweet. However, because it is an aromatic grape type, you might occasionally encounter it in a fruit-driven style that smells like peaches and perfume. It has a thick, oily texture on the palate. This kind of Viognier may be found exclusively in Condrieu AOP (Rhône Valley) in France
- It is also known as “Condrieu Blanc.”
Richly Sweet Dessert Wine
Gewürztraminer Alsace, Alto-Adige (Italy), California, and New Zealand are among the regions where this extremely flowery wine may be found in abundance. Riesling Available in both dry styles (which are popular in Australia, Alsace, and the United States) and sweeter styles (which are more usually found in Germany). Availability: A wine with a high level of natural acidity, which helps to cut through the sweetness of the flavor. Müller-Thurgau A less frequent cultivar, also from Germany, that may be found in some regions of Oregon and has flowery scents and a little softer acidity than the other two varieties mentioned.
Chenin Blanc is a white wine produced by the Chenin Blanc grape variety (Certain Blanc).
Consider the label when purchasing Chenin Blanc because many South African and French producers produce dry versions that taste more like a dry Sauvignon Blanc; Viognier should be purchased with caution because many producers create dry versions that taste more like a dry Sauvignon Blanc; and Pinot Noir should be purchased with caution because many producers create dry versions that taste more like a dry Cabernet Sauvignon.
The majority of Viognier does not have a sweet flavor.
However, because it is an aromatic grape type, it can occasionally be found in a fruit-driven style that smells of peaches and perfume. On the taste, it’s rich and greasy. It is only found in Condrieu AOP (Rhône Valley) in France that this type of Viognier can be found.
Late harvest refers to precisely what it says on the tin. With each additional day that grapes are allowed to hang on the vine, they get progressively sweeter and more raisinated, culminating in grapes with concentrated sweetness. “Vendage Tardive” is the term used in Alsace to describe late harvest, whereas “Spätlese” is used in Germany to describe late harvest. Late harvest wines can be made from any grape that has been left on the vine. Having said that, late-harvest wines made from Chenin Blanc, Sémillon, and Riesling grapes are becoming increasingly popular.
Noble rot is caused by a kind of spore known as Botrytis cinerea, which feeds on fruits and vegetables. Noble rot, despite the fact that it sounds (and seems) awful, imparts distinct notes of ginger, saffron, and honey to sweet wines. There are several different varieties of dessert wines derived from noble rot grapes that are widely available.
- Sauternais Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc are blended together in Sauternes, Barsac, Cadillac, and Monbazillac to produce a rich, golden-hued sweet wine. A collection of French Appellations in and around Bordeaux, including Sauternes, Barsac, Cadillac, and Monbazillac
- Tokaji Tokaji Asz is a Hungarian wine created from Furmint grapes
- Auslese, BA, and TBA Riesling (BA = Beerenauslese, TBA = Trockenbeerenauslese)
- And Auslese, BA, and TBA Riesling (BA = Beerenauslese, TBA = Trockenbeerenauslese). Auslese is the first level of the German Pradikat system (a sweetness labeling system), and it has a larger proportion of botrytis-affected grapes than any other level. In addition to being sweeter than German Rieslings from the “QbA” and “Kabinett” varieties, they often have a greater alcohol content.
The grapes are put out on straw mats to raisinate prior to being used in the winemaking process (also known as “Passito”).
- Italian Vin Santo is prepared from the grapes Trebbiano and Malvasia and has a rich, nutty taste that is similar to that of dates. It is possible to find various different types of Vin Santo produced throughout Italy. ‘Passito’ in Italian means ‘passion’. Another straw wine created from a variety of grapes, both white and red, this time with a fruity flavor. For example, Passito di Pantelleriais a Muscat-based wine, whereas Caluso Passitois a Piedmont-based wine created with the uncommon grapeErbaluce. Greek Straw Wines are made from grapes harvested in Greece. Vinsanto, created from high-acid white Assyrtiko grapes, is another type of wine produced in Greece. It is believed that Samos was the first sweet wine manufactured from Muscat grapes, while Commandaria was the first sweet wine made from grapes in Cyprus, dating back to 800 BCE. Strohwein (German: Strohwein/Austrian: Schilfwein) is a kind of wine produced in Germany and Austria. Schilfweins are sweet wines made from Muscat and Zweigelt grapes in Austria and Germany that are becoming increasingly rare. Vin de Paille is a French term for wine made from grapes. These Vin de Paille are produced mostly in the Jura area of France, which is next to the Alps, and are made from Chardonnay and old Savagnin grapes
- They are particularly well-known in the United States.
Ice Wine (Eiswein)
True ice wine is incredibly difficult to come by and extremely costly for two reasons. For starters, it only happens in outlandish years when a vineyard freezes. And two, ice wine must be collected and pressed while the grapes are still frozen to ensure proper fermentation. The country of Canada is the world’s largest producer of ice wine. Ice wines are most commonly found in colder climates such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The majority of ice wines are created from Riesling or Vidal grapes, however any kind of grape, including Cabernet Franc, can be used to make an ice wine.
Sweet Red Wine
Sweet reds are in decline, with the exception of commercially produced sweet reds. It’s still possible to get some excellent sweet reds that are historically fascinating and worth tasting. The bulk of these incredible sweet red wines come from Italy, where they are made from obscure grape varieties.
- Lambrusco A area known for producing a delightful sparkling wine that can be enjoyed both dry and sweet. Because it is a sparkling wine, it will have a yeasty undertone, as well as notes of raspberry and blueberry in the background. “Amabile” and “Dulce” are the names given to the sweet variants. Brachetto d’Acqui (Acquisition Brachetto) A red or rosé wine made from Brachetto grapes grown in the Piedmont area that is both still and bubbling. Famous for its flowery and strawberry scents, as well as its love for matching with cured meats, this wine is a favorite of foodies everywhere. Schiava A uncommon cultivar from the Alto-Adige region that is on the verge of extinction. A delicious scent of raspberry and cotton candy, with a refreshing, somewhat sweet taste that isn’t overpowering
- Freisa Frieda, once considered one of the great red varietals of Piedmont, is a relative of Nebbiolo, but with softer tannins and flowery cherry aromas rather than the latter. Recioto della Valpolicella (Valpolicella Recioto) Recioto della Valpolicella is a luscious, robust, and rich wine that is produced using the same meticulous procedure as Amarone wine. Late-Harvest Red Wines are a specialty of the region. There are several red dessert wines available in the United States, created from grapes such as Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Malbec, and Petite Sirah, among others. With their intense sweetness and high alcohol concentration, these wines are a feast for the senses.
Fortified wines are produced by adding grape brandy to a wine, and they can be either dry or sweet in flavor. Most fortified wines have a higher alcohol level (often 17-20 percent ABV) and have a longer shelf life once they have been opened than other types of wines.
Port wine is produced in the northern region of Portugal, along the banks of the Douro. These extremely uncommon sweet red wines are prepared from a variety of classic Portuguese grapes, including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz, among others. After being harvested and placed in open tanks, the grapes are stomped daily as the wine begins to mature, which results in a more concentrated flavor. When the wine is filtered and combined with pure grape spirit (with an ABV of approximately 70%), the fermentation is stopped and the wine is fortified, this is done at a certain stage throughout the fermentation.
Following this procedure, a succession of winemaking stages are carried out, which result in the creation of the various wine types described below.
- Roughed-up RubyCrusted Port (sweet) Introducing Tawny Port, a kind of Port wine that has the aroma and flavor of newly minted port and is far less sweet than its counterpart. VintageLBV Port (VintageLBV Port) (sweet) Despite the fact that LBV and Vintage Port are produced in the same manner, LBV are intended to be consumed in their youth (owing to the sort of cork enclosure used) and vintage Ports are intended to be consumed after 20-50 years of ageing. Tawny Port is a port wine produced by the Tawny Port Company (very sweet) Tawny Port is aged in big oak casks and smaller wooden barrels at the winery, where the wine is produced. The longer the Tawny Port is let to age, the more nutty and figgy it becomes in flavor. The finest tawny is between 30 and 40 years old. wine made in the style of port sa.k.a. Vin Doux Naturel (Natural Wine) (sweet) Although port can only be produced in Portugal, numerous producers across the world produce port-style wines, such as Zinfandel ‘Port’ or Pinot Noir ‘Port’, which are similar to port. These wines are referred to as vin doux naturel (natural sweet wine) (see below).
Sherry is produced in the Spanish region of Andalusia. Palomino, Pedro Ximénez (a grape, not a person), and Moscatel grapes are used in the production of the wines. Wines are made from varied proportions of the three grapes and are intentionally oxidized in order to generate nutty aromatics in the final product.
- Fino(dry) The lightest and driest of all the Sherries, with acidic and nutty notes
- The most popular of all the Sherries. Manzanilla(dry) In a more specialized location, Fino Sherry is produced in a distinct style that is even lighter in color than Fino. Palo Cortado (Corked Palo Cortado) (dry) A significantly richer kind of sherry that has been matured for a longer period of time, resulting in a deeper color and a fuller taste. This type of wine is normally dry, although it will include fruit and nut aromas due to the saline in the air. Amontillado is a kind of tequila (mostly dry) An old sherry that develops nutty notes reminiscent of peanut butter and butterscotch
- Oloroso(dry) Because of the evaporation of water as the wine matures, this sherry has a greater alcohol concentration than other sherries of the same age. In comparison to Sherry, this is more like scotch. Cream Sherry is a kind of sherry that is made using cream and sherry (sweet) When Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry are blended, the result is a sweet kind of Sherry. Moscatel(sweet) The tastes of fig and date are prominent in this sweet sherry. Pedro Ximénez (PX) is a Venezuelan politician (very sweet) It’s a really sweet sherry with notes of brown sugar and figs in it.
Madeira is a type of wine produced on the island of Madeira, which is located in the center of the Atlantic Ocean, utilizing up to four distinct grape varieties. Madeira is distinct from other wines in that it is produced through a process that includes heating and oxidation – processes that would normally “ruin” a wine in the traditional sense. The end product is a full-bodied fortified wine with notes reminiscent of walnuts, saltiness, and an oiliness on the tongue. Because of the four distinct grapes that are utilized, Madeira wines range from dry to sweet, making them a great choice to serve with a meal or even as a pre-dinner drink before supper.
- RainwaterMadeira When a label just states “Madeira” or “Rainwater,” presume that it is a combination of all four grapes and that it is somewhere in the center of the sweetness spectrum. Sercial(dry) Sercial is the driest and lightest of all the grapes grown in Madeira, and it is also the most expensive. Typically, these wines will have greater acidity and be more dry, with hints of peaches and apricot in the bouquet. It is fairly rare to find Sercial Madeira that has been aged for more than 100 years. Verdelho(dry) When let to age, Verdelho will acquire nutty flavors of almond and walnut that will complement the citrus notes. Bual(sweet) It has a sweet flavor profile, with flavors of burned caramel, brown sugar, fig, rootbeer, and black walnut in the background. Although there are numerous well-aged 50-70-year-old Bual Madeira available, it is typical to find 10-year-old’medium’ (meaning: medium sweet) Bual Madeira. Malmsey(sweet) Malmsey Madeiras include orange citrus overtones and caramel to their taste, in addition to the oily oxidized nutty flavor that is characteristic of the region.
Vin Doux Naturel (VDN)
Vin Doux Naturel is produced in a similar manner as Port, with a base wine being produced and a neutral grape brandy being added at the end. The word vin doux naturel is derived from France, however this designation may be used to any wine from any country.
- VDN is made from Grenache grapes. For example, Maury, Rasteau, and Banyuls from the Languedoc-Roussillon region are typical of the southern region of France. Muscat-based VDN Muscat de Rivesaltes, Muscat de Frotignan, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Ruthernglen Muscat (Australia), Orange Muscat, and Vin Santo Liquoroso (Italy)
- Muscat-based VDN Muscat de Rivesaltes, Muscat de Frotignan, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Ruthernglen Muscat (Australia), Orange Muscat, and Vin Santo Liquoros VDN is based in Malvasia. Malvasia delle Lipari Liquoroso, for example, is mostly from Italy and Sicily. Mavrodaphni (Greek for “sweet red wine”) is a sweet red wine produced in Greece that has many characteristics to Port.
10 sweet wines to try before you leave Italy
Many people assume that sweet wine is simply a light wine that is particularly popular with ladies and difficult to match with meals. Get past the misconceptions and learn about the history of winemaking. Heroes returning from ancient battles were usually greeted with a glass of sweet wine. To put it another way, hospitality, festivity, and tradition are all examples of this. To put it another way, never pass up the opportunity to surprise people by serving cheeses or desserts with the appropriate sweet wine match.
1) Moscato d’Asti (Piemonte)
Allow me to introduce you to a fantastic classic: a fragrant Moscato from Asti, in the Piedmont area of northern Italy’s northeastern region. The hue is a bright yellow that gradually becomes gold with age. Above all, the fragrances are powerful and rich, ranging from tropical fruit to white flowers, fig, and peach, among others. The flavor is rich and nearly balsamic in the tongue. Try: Moscato d’Asti DOCG La Morandina is a Moscato d’Asti DOCG produced by La Morandina.
2) Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Passito (Trentino Alto Adige)
Alias Astonishing grace and beauty. Wines from this region, where nature challenges mankind with its climate and mountains, are among the best in the world. Great aromas, a long-lasting finish, tenderness, and elegance are all characteristics of this fragrance. Sotry:Alto adige Gewürztraminer, Passito Cashmere, Gewürztraminer, Passito Cashmere, Gewürztraminer, Passito Cashmere You may also try Elena Walch or Alto adige Gewürztraminer Passito Sanct Velentin Comtess’ San Michele Appiano, both of which are excellent.
3) Recioto di Soave(Veneto)
Families have been making wine for hundreds of years. The best approach to connect with a place’s true essence is always through an emotional experience. Thanks to the combination of the qualities of the local grape, known as Garganega, the soil, the peculiar climate, and the competence of a devoted winemaker, this wine has been created.
In other words, it’s like having a slice of paradise in a glass. Try the Recioto di Soave Renobilis Gini or the Recioto di Soave Classico Le Colombare Pieropan, all of which are excellent choices.
4) Fior d’Arancio Passito dei Colli Euganei(Veneto)
This small parcel of property in the Veneto area is brimming with charm and natural beauty. The soil is composed of volcanic and calcareous-rocky deposits. It is abundant in lush foliage, blooming flowers, and, most importantly, vineyards. The grape in question is called Moscato Giallo. Fior d’Arancio is the flower that grows here (orange blossom). Tropical fruit, buttery undertones, and flowery aromas will captivate your senses. In the meantime, the freshness will provide a refreshing air to your tongue.
Passito Alpianae Vignalta (Passito Alpianae Vignalta)
5) Picolit (Veneto)
Choosing a bottle of Picolit would be a good choice if you wanted to sample a renowned, rare wine. This Italian sweet wine is well-known around the world because of its rarity and distinction. There is little doubt that this is related to the limited quantity of merchandise accessible. To clarify further, a genetic illness of the Picolit grape variety causes a natural loss of grapes on the bunch throughout the course of the plant’s life cycle. For example, it is one of the wines that should be drank before one dies.
6) Albana Passito (Romagna)
Choosing a bottle of Picolit would be a wise decision if you wanted to sample a renowned, rare wine. This Italian sweet wine is well-known around the world because of its rarity and renown. The limited supply of merchandise is very certainly due to this. Explained further, a hereditary illness of the Picolit grape variety causes a natural loss of grapes on the bunch throughout the course of the vegetation cycle. For example, one of the wines that should be drank before death is Try: Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit Valentino Bitussi, Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit Marco Sara, Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit Valentino Bitussi, Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit Valentino Bitussi, Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit Marco Sara.
7)PASSITO DI NOTO (Sicily)
Extrême sud de Sicile, next to the sea and caressed by the sun, in an enclosure of four villages, in the heart of the countryside (Noto, Roslini, Pachino, Avola). The vines of Moscato Bianco grow in hot climates on a combination of sandy and limestone soils, producing a sweet, fragrant wine. This wine is distinguished by the presence of clay and sea stones. Prepare yourself for a burst of scents. To bite into, you’ll find juicy yellow fruit, balsamic overtones, and much more. Passito di Noto by Planeta or Passito di Noto by Feudo Ramaddini are two excellent choices.
8) CINQUE TERRE SCIACCHETRA’ (Liguria)
An area of four villages in the extreme south of Sicily, near the sea and caressed by the sun, is enclosed by a fortified wall (Noto, Roslini, Pachino, Avola). Located on a combination of sandy and limestone soils, the Moscato Bianco vines thrive in hot weather. This wine is distinguished by the presence of clay and marine rocks.
Prepare yourself for a sensory overload of scent. To bite into, you’ll get juicy yellow fruit, balsamic overtones, and more. Passito di Noto by Planeta or Passito di Noto by Feudo Ramaddini are two examples of this type of composition.
9) GRECO DI BIANCO (Calabria)
Extrême sud de Sicile, next to the sea and caressed by the sun, in an enclosure of four towns, in the heart of the island (Noto, Roslini, Pachino, Avola). The vines of Moscato Bianco thrive in hot climates on a combination of sandy and limestone soils. Clay and sea stones contribute to the uniqueness of this wine. Prepare yourself for a burst of aromas. To bite into, you’ll get juicy yellow fruit, balsamic overtones, and much more. Passito di Noto by Planeta or Passito di Noto by Feudo Ramaddini are two examples.
10)PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIADOLCE NATURALE (Puglia)
The Salento region is located in the beautiful Puglia region, on the coast of the Ionian Sea. Between Bari and Taranto, the region is unquestionably recognized for its amazing coastal vacations, gastronomy, and wine. Among the most prominent red grapes grown in this region are Primitivo grapes. Primitivo and Zinfandel are related grape varieties. They are descended from the same genetic material. The fermented dried grapes used to make the sweet version are grown on the vine itself. As a result, they harvest their crops late.
Try: Giuseppe Attanasio’s Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale is a sweet, natural manduria.
3 Italian Red Wines to Drink to Pope Francis, the World’s First Papal Sommelier
With the exception of a couple of recent gaffes, Pope Francis has maintained his reputation as one of the most inclusive Popes in history, despite some criticism. This time, it’s among those who use alcoholic beverages. The Holy Father has been awarded an honorary sommelier by the President of the Italian Sommelier Association, Franco Maria Ricci, who made the announcement yesterday in recognition of his open passion for wine. “There is no celebration without alcohol,” he declared to a throng of thousands in attendance last year.
- (Please note that the Vatican has made it known that he only consumes in small quantities.) Having said that, the Pope has a long history of working in the wine industry.
- Grignolino is one of our favorite red wines (it’s a bright and light-bodied red), but it’s not always easy to get in the United States.
- Barolo and Barbaresco are two of the most famous wines in the world.
- Prices are extremely costly as a result of this, as well as the fact that grapes for Barolo and Barbaresco can only be cultivated in a narrow area of mountainous vineyards.
- You’re unlikely to be able to purchase any of the truly exceptional wines, but you should absolutely try some Langhe Nebbiolo—the it’s same grape that’s cultivated in adjacent, slightly less desirable regions.
- Some of Piedmont’s most prestigious producers (including those who are well-known for Barolo and Barbaresco) are now offering delicious Barberas at affordable rates.
- Dolcetto To get this out of the way, it is a must in any description of this grape: Let’s start with the obvious: Its name literally translates as “lovely tiny one.” What a wonderful character!
In spite of the fact that Dolcetto wines aren’t particularly sugary in taste, when they’re good, they may be as appealing as the name indicates. Clavesana, Poderi Luigi Einaudi, and Pio Cesare are all excellent manufacturers.
Buy sweet dessert wine Músic Blanc 100% chardonnay. Organic wine
Music Blanc is a sweet single-varietal dessert wine created entirely of chardonnay, which was cultivated in El Subal, at the summit of the Penedès, for this particular production. We let the grapes to dry on the vine until they turn into sultanas, allowing the fall light to concentrate the essence of each fruit as they ripen. A glass of honey in hand, the outcome serves as a reminder that we are working to extract the maximum amount of nectar from our grapes, just like honeybees. A wine that is only produced in exceptional vintages.
CCPAE is a certification body for organic agriculture.
|Sight||Bright golden colour.|
|Nose||Sweet aromas of cottage cheese with honey accompanied by sultanas and nuts.|
|Mouth||The palate is full and fat, continuing the aromatic promise, persevering in those sweet notes harmonised with the dried fruits from the barrel and remaining on the palate for a long time with the pleasant memory of the thousand-flower honey.|
Music Blanc is a sweet single-varietal dessert wine created entirely of chardonnay, which was cultivated in El Subal, at the very top of the Penedès, in this case, to create a sweet dessert wine with a distinct character. To ensure that the essence of each berry is concentrated by the fall sun, we let the grape bunches to dry on the vine until they become sultanas. A glass of honey in hand, the outcome serves as a reminder that we are working to extract the maximum amount of nectar from our grapes, much like honeybees do.
Alcoholic Beverage for Vegetarians and Vegans CCPAE has certified organic agriculture as a viable option for businesses.
Produced entirely from the chardonnay grape varietal, which is farmed organically and biodynamically on our properties in the Penedès region.
Harvested by hand and packaged in compact boxes, this product is environmentally friendly. fermenting at 16oC in stainless steel tanks for 20 days, following which fermentation is terminated by a fast reduction in temperature and the injection of sulphur dioxide to the tank mixture Four months were spent aging in 2nd year French oak barrels. Wine created from grapes that have had minimum intervention and are biodynamic. Wine that is suitable for vegans.
sicilian dessert wine
Sicily is the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is home to Mount Etna, the world’s most active volcano, which is the most active volcano on the planet. It has been the site of several conquests and has witnessed the rise and fall of several empires over its long history. The lengthy list of intruders and immigrants who have made this strategically positioned island their home has resulted in the development of an intriguing culture, delectable food, and a distinct wine-making history.
- The wines of Sicily are similarly powerful and opulent in their flavor characteristics, and they pair well with the food of the island’s area.
- Moscato di Pantelleria, one of Sicily’s sweet wines, is created from the Muscat of Alexandria grape variety, which is also known as Zibibo in the local dialect.
- It is worth noting that this sweet Sicilian wine does not undergo the ‘passito’ procedure, which includes drying the grapes in order to concentrate the sugars before crushing and fermenting them, as do many of its equivalents.
- of Pantelleria, which is a highly protected region in Sicily.
- Passito di Pantelleria is a deeper gold variety of this same wine.
- Dolce naturale, passito, and drying methods were used to create this sweet Sicilian wine, which is now protected under European Union law.
- As a result, the wine produced must include a significant amount of alcohol, around 18 percent.
liqouroso is a sweet liquor with an alcohol content of 20 percent by volume.
Marsala is prepared in the same way as its Portuguese and Spanish cousins, namely Port wine and Sherry, in that it is produced by stopping the fermentation of grape must by adding a liquor.
This fortified wine from Sicily also goes through a similar maturing procedure, which results in a variety of distinct taste characteristics in the finished product.
This resulted in a Sicilian fortified wine with rich smells and flavors that could be stored for a long period of time without losing its quality.
It typically contains 15-20 percent alcohol and can be classed according to the amount of sugar present, the color of the liquor, or the length of time it has been aged.
There are many different tones of gold, amber, and ruby in the colors of the Marsala wine.
The youngest wine, called Fine, can be matured for one year, while the oldest wine, called Vergine e/o Soleras Riserva, can be aged for up to ten years.
A sample of any of Sicily’s sweet wines, ranging from light and refreshing dessert wines to hefty and complex fortified wines, will have you longing to live the dolce vita! If you’re interested in learning more about one of our Sicily Wine Tours, please click here.
Dessert Wine: Why It’s Different From Other Wines and How to Pair It
In addition to being the biggest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily is also home to Mount Etna, the world’s most active volcano. It has been the site of several conquests and has witnessed the rise and fall of several empires throughout the course of its history. This strategically positioned island has evolved an intriguing culture, delectable food, and a distinct winemaking heritage as a result of the numerous intruders and settlers that have settled there over time. A vibrant palette of flavors and colors characterizes Sicilian cuisine.
- Succulent and fortified wines from the area of Sicily are well-known worldwide.
- Exceptionally well-matched with Italian cheeses and baked pastries, this Sicilian dessert wine is fresh and fragrant, with a robust sweetness to it.
- In order for the Moscato di Pantelleria to be produced, the grapes used in its production must be sourced from the D.O.C.
- A deeper gold variant of this same wine is the Passito di Pantelleria, which, as the name implies, is subjected to the drying process before being transformed into the devilishly fragrant and heavy-bodied Sicilian dessert wine.
- The Malvasia di Lipari DOC wine is another another dessert wine produced in Sicily.
- In order to ensure that the grape sugar content is ideal, the ripe grapes are stretched out on bamboo mats in the sun for 10 days following harvest.
- Similarly, a liquor is manufactured in a similar fashion, but it is allowed to age for a few more months.
The Marsala fortified wine of Sicily, a well-known fortified wine from the island, has been added to the delectable list of sweet Sicilian wines.
Because of this, a high level of residual sugar and an increase in the amount of alcohol in the wine are guaranteed.
Long ship travels that the wines were subjected to during the early periods of world exploration led to the discovery of the ageing process, perpetuum, in the same way that the solera system of Sherry and estufa system of Madeira were.
It is manufactured from native grape varietals such as Grillo, Inzolia, Catarratto, and Damaschino to create the famous dessert wine.
Fortified wine from Sicily can have a sweetness ranging from 40 grams to more than 100 grams per liter, depending on the grape variety used.
In terms of flavor and quality, the maturing of Marsala wines makes a significant contribution.
The list of Sicilian sweet wines has amazing potential for anybody with a sweet taste and a desire to sample delectable products from this ancient and recognized Mediterranean destination.
A sample of any of Sicily’s sweet wines, ranging from light and refreshing dessert wines to hefty and complex fortified wines, will have you longing for the sweet life! To learn more about one of our Sicily Wine Tours, please click on the link provided.
What IsDessert Wine?
Dessert wine may be defined as any wine that is consumed during or after dessert in its broadest meaning. Dessert wine, to be more exact, is often sweet, has a distinct taste, and has a higher alcohol concentration. For example, Port, Madeira, Sherry, and late-harvest wines are all examples of late-harvest wines. Traditionnal dessert wines having an alcohol content of more than 15 percent by volume (ABV). Nonetheless, low-alcoholdessert wines with less than 10% alcohol by volume (ABV) are available, such Muscadet, Moscato d’Asti, and Brachetto d’Acqui.
- In other words, the amount of sugar that is left over after the fermentation process has taken place.
- A variety of methods were used by winemakers to create essert wines.
- It might be created from late-harvest grapes that have been allowed to raisinate and increase in sugar content as a result of being kept on the vine for a longer period of time.
- Alternatively, it may be sweetened by fortification, resulting in the production of fortified wines.
- While most dessert wines are on the sweeter side, there is a wide range of styles available under the category of dessert wines.
- To be clear, dessert wines are not merely sweet, one-trick ponies, as you may have previously believed.
What to Look for inDessert Wine
Dessert wine can be defined as any wine that is consumed during or after a dessert course. Dessert wine, to be more exact, is often sweet, has a strong taste, and has a greater alcohol concentration than regular wine. For instance, Port, Madeira, Sherry, and late-harvest wines are all examples of late-harvest wines. Traditionnal dessert wines having an alcohol content of greater than 15 percent by volume (ABV). But there are certain low-alcoholdessert wines, like as Muscadet, Moscato d’Asti, and Brachetto d’Acqui, that have less than 10% alcohol by volume (ABV).
The quantity of sugar that remains after fermentation is, in other words, The sweetness of the wine is proportional to the amount of residual sugar present; the drier the wine is proportional to the amount of residual sugar present; A variety of techniques were used by winemakers to create essert wines.
Alternatively, late-harvest grapes might be used, which have been allowed to raisinate and increase in sugar content while still on the vine.
Alternatively, it may be sweetened by fortification, resulting in the production of fortified beverages.
The majority of dessert wines are sweet, however there is a wide range of styles available within the category.
Whether created from red or white grapes, dessert wines are available in a variety of styles ranging from sparkling to still to sweet and dry. To be clear, dessert wines are not simply sweet, one-trick ponies, as you may have previously believed. Much more recognition should be given to them.
For those who don’t want a full-on sugar explosion on their taste, wines with a hint of sweetness are a good choice; otherwise, stay away from sweet wines. Keep an eye out for the following descriptors:
Different Types ofDessert Winesand Food Pairings
While there are a plethora of wines that may be enjoyed with dessert, the ones that are featured below are the best examples of the genre. In order to avoid any unpleasant aftertaste when matching wine with sweet dessert, it’s recommended to pick a wine that is sweeter than the dessert itself. According to our enthralling guide on acidity in wine, sugar increases acidity, which is why dry wines taste harsh and sharp when served with sweet meals. With that in mind, here are many varieties of dessert wines, as well as delectable food combinations, that may enhance the flavor and overall experience of your dessert.
Despite the fact that it is best known as a sweet red wine, this fortified wine from Portugal is available in a variety of flavors ranging from deep reds to dry white and dry rosé varieties. Chocolate cake, chocolate truffles, and salted caramel desserts are all wonderful pairings for the sweetly complex redtawny port and ruby port. Serve the white or roséport wines with stone fruit, strawberry angel food cake, or lemon meringue pie to complement the flavors of the wine.
Madeirais is a fortified wine produced in Portugal’s Madeirais region, and it is renowned for its nutty, brown sugar, and burned caramel flavors. This amber-hued wine may be enjoyed on its own after a dinner, or paired with sweets like as astoffeepudding, tiramisu, or spicy treats such as chocolate truffles coated with cayenne pepper.
Known for its honeyed aromas of apricot, peach, butterscotch, and caramel, this cherished (and frequently expensive)sweet wine from France’s Sauternais area inBordeaux is much sought after. Sauternesis one of the “noble rot wines,” which include TokajiAszu wine from Hungary and SpätleseRieslings from Germany. It is prepared from grapes that have been damaged by the botrytis cinereafungus. (This fungus, which sounds disgusting, increases the sweetness of grapes while also imparting a honeyed flavor and aromatic quality.) Served with fresh and dried fruit, as well as heavier sweets such as crème brulee, cheesecake, and custards, Sauternes is a fantastic dessert option.
This fortified wine comes from the country of Spain. Sherry is often served as an aperitif before a meal; however, why not try it after a hearty dinner when you’re looking to wind down? Fruit sweets like Pedro Ximénez are great accompaniments to crème brulee, vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate anything, or just enjoyed on their own as an after dinner treat.
This delicious sparkling wine from Germany is available in a variety of sweetness levels. Its inherent acidity helps to cut through the sweetness of the dish, making it a wonderful companion to a cheese course or cheesecake after dinner.
Serve a sweeter Spätlese with citrus-based sweets such as lemon pound cake or lemon cream pie if you have a sweeter Spätlese on hand. Pear tarts and sorbet are also delicious desserts that go together like peanut butter and jelly.
There are several levels of sweetness in this delicious German sparkling wine. As a result of its inherent acidity, it is an excellent companion to a sweet cheese course or cheesecake after a meal of rich, savory dishes. Serve a sweeter Spätlese with citrus-based sweets such as lemon pound cake or lemon cream pie if you have a sweeter Spätlese available. Pear tarts and sorbet are both delicious desserts that go together like peanut butter and jelly on toast.
In addition to being known as Muscat Blanc in its native country of Italy, Moscato is an extremely popular white wine that has built a name for itself owing to the three F’s that best characterize its character: fizzy, fruity, and flowery. This dessert wine is perfect for enjoying on a spring day or a late summer evening. It is also incredibly flexible. You might serve it with poached pears, grilled peaches, fruit tarts, nutty treats such as biscotti, or whatever else you choose.
Ice wine, also known as Eiswein in German, is a particular sort of wine that is made from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. Due to the frigid environment required for the production of this dessert wine, it can only be produced in Germany and Canada. (It’s also one of the reasons why it’s a somewhat expensive wine.) Consider matching the red grape type with chocolate desserts and the white grape variety with blue cheeses and cheesecake if you have the choice between the two.
It’s Time for Dessert in a Glass
Ice wine, also known as Eiswein in German, is a specialty wine made from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. Consequently, only chilly locations such as Germany and Canada are able to produce this dessert wine. (It’s also one of the reasons why the wine is rather expensive.) Pair the red variant with chocolate desserts and the white variation with blue cheese and cheesecake. Both sorts are available in both red and whitegrape versions.
Dessert Wine from Croatia
Dessert wine from Croatia | Desertno vino iz Hrvatske | Dessert wine from Croatia Croatian dessert wine Proek is the most well-known of its kind in the country. Despite its name, it has nothing to do with the Italian sparkling wine Prosecco, which is a different style altogether. There are no parallels between the goods in terms of production process, style, or the grapes utilized, and there is no connection between the origins of the two names, which are derived from different languages. Proek is more likely to be compared to the Italian dessert wine Vino Santo, which is less well-known in the United States (holy wine).
In Croatia, the same type of production is used in the same way.
Proek is a sweet dessert wine that is historically produced in the Dalmatian region’s southern region. It is typically significantly more expensive than other wines due to the fact that it takes an average of seven times more grapes to produce the same volume of wine as other wines.
Buy Sweet Dessert Wine Online
Noble rots are typically used in the production of sweet dessert wines, but they are not always necessary. Sparkling, light sweet, rich sweet, sweet red and fortified are the five varieties of dessert wines that may be found on the market. Sweet wine is prepared from grapes that have been specially selected for their sweetness. In order to make them sweeter, the fermentation process is stopped before the yeast converts all of the grape sugar to alcohol, as is done in winemaking. The addition of Brandy to the wine is one of the other methods for making a wine sweeter and halting the fermentation process.
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Sweet talk: which dessert wine is right for you?
Andrea Frost describes the spectrum of dessert wines, which range from light and flowery to dark and deep in flavor. Given how little sweet wine we consume on a regular basis, you might be surprised at how many different varieties of sweet wine exist throughout the world. Dessert wines are among the world’s most renowned, famous, costly, and tasty wines, and they represent a significant portion of the world’s wine production. ‘Sticky’ wines, often known as dessert wines in Australia, may be roughly divided into two categories: those created from grapes that have been naturally sweetened on the vine, and those made from wines that have been fortified during the winemaking process.
‘Noble Rot’ refers to grapes that have been left to ripen for an extended period of time or that have been infected by a naturally occurring fungus called botrytis cinerea, which converts grapes into intensely sweet and unattractive-looking bunches known as “Noble Rot.” Sweet or botrytis wines from warmer places such as the Hunter Valley, the Riverina, and North East Victoria should be on your shopping list.
Honey, apricots, marmalade, mandarins, and bloom are some of the flavors that can be used.
Second, fortified wines are ones in which fermentation has been halted early and a fortifying substance such as grape spirit has been added to increase the amount of alcohol and hedonism in the wine.
Rutherglen in North East Victoria, Australia, is the place to go if you want to taste some of the world’s greatest fortified wines.
Toss with anything from strong blue cheeses to decadent chocolate desserts or, as blasphemous as it may seem, pour over ice cream and sprinkle with chocolate shavings.
Are you looking for the right dessert to go with your meal? Why not have a look at our ultimate cake recipe collection, which can be found here.