For those seeking a delicious dessert wine find that will pair well with a wide variety of your favorite desserts or act as dessert itself, here are the top wine finds that lie distinctly on the sweeter side of the vine.
This Riesling oozes apricot and citrus flavors, there is detailed balance of both acidity and residual sugar levels, making for a very dessert friendly wine. Try this particular Riesling with apple pie or crisp, fruit torte, cheesecake and white chocolate-based desserts.
The Kracher Cuvee Beerenauslese is a remarkable, decadent dessert wine from Austria. Made from Chardonnay and Welschriesling (unrelated to Riesling) grapes that have been favorably affected by botrytis, the noble rot that is encouraged for the world's finest dessert wines, like Tokaji or Sauternes.
On the nose you'll find classic honeysuckle aromas, followed by a sweet intensity and the flavors of jam-driven apricot along with concentrated dried fruit and an enveloping elegance.
St. Supery's 2007 Moscato is nothing short of heavenly. You will find plenty of floral character on the nose, and the palate bursts with ripe peach. There is balance and presence with this delicate Muscat wine, making it a flawless match with raspberry cheesecake or Crème Brulée.
Inniskillin Winery, producing internationally acclaimed icewines is one of the safest bets for your next dessert wine needs. From Cabernet Franc icewines to Riesling and Vidal Blanc icewines - the choices are seemingly endless.
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This Moscato d'Asti is certainly a unique wine, being a semi-sparkling wine, or a "frizzante." It is noteably sweeter and lighter in both taste and palate feel, with a lower alcohol content of around 8%. It is from the Piedmont region and oozes with ripe peach flavors surrounded by honeysuckle. Makes a terrific apéritif as well as a perfect partner to cheesecake.
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The Churchill's 10 Year Tawny Port presents a brickish red color, with a sweet, nutty aroma. On the palate you'll find a delicious, rich display of well ripened sweet fig-like flavors and a caramel finish. Give this Port a turn at pairing with your favorite desserts, ranging from cheesecake and tiramisu to chocolate truffles and pecan pie. Also, consider this particular Tawny port as a delicious pairing partner for aged cheddar cheese.
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Chateau Saint Michelle's Ethos Late Harvest Riesling brings the rich flavors of juicy apricots drizzled with honey and a luxurious finish. This is an amazing dessert wine find that will accommodate a wide assortment of dessert favorites from pies and cakes to fresh fruit and chocolates.
The fortified wine of the week is the Warre's Otima 10 year Tawny and for good reason - this port would make a remarkable after Christmas dinner sipper - paired with a pecan pie, raspberry cheesecake or a creamy mocha-based dessert. Otima is a very aromatic, lighter-bodied Port, with plenty of ripe, rich fruit and the expected nutty nuance. You'll find the glow of vanilla spice, rich flavors and an elegant finish - a perfect port to have on hand for the holidays and perfect for gift-giving too! Pairs well with all white, milk and dark chocolates.
This is a red sparkling wine from Italy's Piedmont region, that is sweet and subtle with the lush flavors of ripe raspberry and juicy strawberry. Consider giving this wine a run with chocolate-based desserts, fresh fruit and pecan pie.
The Osborne Pedro Ximénez premium Sherry begins with deep, dark brown color and proceeds to a full-bodied, full-sweeping flavor wine experience. The palate profile yields a cornucopia of flavors in the form of ultra creamy caramel, a toasty fig sweetness, and a hint of coffee with a welcomed mocha extension - all surrounded by a decidedly nutty nuance. In the Osborne Pedro Ximénez, you've truly got it all - unforgettable flavor, enduring finish, options like dessert accompaniment or dessert itself and all at a well-placed price point. This particular Sherry would make a perfect partner with the likes of an apple crisp, pecan or pumpkin pie.
This is an exquisite example of an Oregon ice-wine. It has the plush textures of candied apricot fruit, heavily concentrated in layers of clover honey. This is dessert itself, no need for pairing!