A dessert wine is potent, sweet and full of flavor. It is because of their sweet flavor the wine complements a dessert. Often extra spirits are added to raise the alcohol content. In general, dessert wines are thicker, richer, and sweeter than table wines. The grapes are picked late in the harvest to preserve residual sugars.
They come in small bottles and are served in tiny glasses. An average pour is 2 ounces; therefore, you notice that dessert wines are sold in the smaller 375ml bottles (as well as in larger bottles).
Like dinner wines, white dessert wines are generally served chilled. Red dessert wines are served at room temperature or slightly chilled. These wines are especially good with fresh bakery sweets and fruits. It is best to save heavier tastes for winter, lighter tastes for summer.
These wines contain flavors like peach, almond, oak and herbs, which allow them to show off their flavor, and add a tang to even the lightest dessert. Adding them to a sweet cream or paste dessert always creates a wonderful combination. Examples include fortified wines like port and sherry and late harvest wines, which originated from grapes that have shriveled a bit, concentrating their sweetness. As a rule of thumb, a dessert wine should always be sweeter than the dessert it accompanies.
of the world's great fortified wines include Madeira, Vermouth, Marsala,
Sherry, Cream Sherry and Port. Check out our many dessert wine offerings below.
Port - This is a delicious, sweet, port style dessert wine with hints of coffee, berry
fruits and chocolate.
- Also a port style wine, made from the Frontenac grapes which are
from the Maize Valley Vineyard. Little Red Pecker has lush shades of
cherry, raspberry and black currant, with chocolate undertones.
drop mornings and hot steamy nights, make for ruby red raspberries
with seductive aromas and tongue tantalizing flavors.
*** Some of the information above is credited to Leo Richards (Buffalo, NY) & WineDefinitions.com