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The beginnings of my love journey to wine started with dessert wine. The Moscato’s, The Roscato’s The Port’s… All familiar wines that people love. I love them, but I don’t drink them often as they are dessert wines. So what are dessert wines?
Dessert wines are fragrant sweet wines with complex flavors that balance our with acidity. They’re famous for their sweet flavors. Usually the grapes used to make these stay on the vine way beyond harvest time which concentrates their flavors. These wines pair perfectly with cheese boards, and your favorite dessert.
The Muscat grape makes pleasantly sweet wines, some of which are fortified. It can also be found as Moscato d’Asti in northern Italy, a refreshing, low-alcohol sparkling wine. My favorite Moscato D’Asti would be the Castello Del Poggio. I tried this years ago in Palm Desert and absolutely fell in love with this bottle.
There are two kinds of port. Ruby Port and Tawny Port. The former is blended from a variety of young wines and aged just a few years, resulting in a wine with juicy, fruity flavor. The latter is aged for many years, developing a nutty flavor and caramel color, and tends to be more expensive.
I love using port in when I make my duck. I use the port to make a flavorful blackberry and cherry port sauce and it is heavenly! My favorite port is Messina Hof Ebony Ports Of Call. Ebony Ports of Call is a medium to full body dessert wine that showcases sweet sophisticated vanilla, cinnamon and rich dark chocolate covered cherry flavors. This port-like wine is a fantastic after-dinner aperitif or ideal pairing with rich chocolate desserts.
Made in central Italy, Vin Santo means “holy wine” and is considered one of the best dessert wines in the world. It is a nutty wine with concentrated fruit, made fromTrebbiano and Malvasia grapes. It’s one of those wines that sticks to the side of your glass and yet, when you taste it there’s his crazy balance between its delicacy and intensity.
My favorite is Isole e Olena Vin Santo del Chianti Classico.
Semillon is the basis for Sauternes, a prized and rare dessert wine made by leaving Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes on the vine longer than normal to concentrate their sugars. It’s only made in years when noble rot, a beneficial fungus, affects the grapes, lending a musty flavor to the wine. It’s also France’s 3rd most important wine.
Semillon wine is loved for its full body, like Chardonnay, but with flavors closer to Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc. It’s an important blending component in White Bordeaux. The primary fruit flavors in Sémillon wine are lemon, apple, pear and green papaya.
What’s your favorite dessert wine? What do you like to pair it with?