Dessert Wine

Dessert wines, sometimes called pudding wines, are sweet wines typically served with dessert.There is no simple definition of a dessert wine. In the UK, a dessert wine is considered to be any sweet wine drunk with a meal, as opposed to the white fortified wines (fino and amontillado sherry) drunk before the meal, and the red fortified wines (port and madeira) drunk after it. Thus, most fortified wines are regarded as distinct from dessert wines, but some of the less strong fortified white wines, such as Pedro Ximénez sherry and Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, are regarded as honorary dessert wines.
Posts about Dessert Wine
    • Your Holiday Spirits Guide Part 4: the Land of Misfit Toys

      Click here for part one (vodka, gin, tequila and mezcal) Click here for part two (Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados and rum) Click here for part three – whisk(e)y Part of the fun of giving booze as a gift is surprising even the experienced drinker, hitting them with something new, something that surprises them but doesn’t disappoint. So consider mixing it up a bit.

      Keith Allison/ The Alcohol Professor- 8 readers -
    • Review of Messina Hof Paulo Port 2007

      When one thinks of Bryan/College Station, Texas, they might picture Texas A&M University and the very first Texas FREEBIRDS restaurant, known for stomach filling, delicious hand rolled burritos. Wine should also be part of that mental image however, as Messina Hof (Founded in 1983 by Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo) is a staple for high quality Texas wines.

      Jeremy Wilson/ Texas Wine Lover- 4 readers -
  • December Hill Country Road Trip

    …. We met familiar faces like tasting room manager Mike Ago along with reserve room tasting guides Cece Barretto and Bill Burns. And it is always a pleasure to see and talk with co-owner Fredrik Osterberg. Mike gave us a tasting of the Pedernales Dolce which is a dessert wine. It is fermented Viognier for one year and then brandy is added. It then sat…

    Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Lover- 1 readers -
  • The greatest dessert wine?

    … When it comes to dessert wine, most people automatically think of Port, Sauternes, or maybe even Tokaji, but there was another wine that made its’ mark, and is little known: Constantia Wyn (wine). “From these Elysian fields used to come one of the very greatest wines in the world – the legendary Constantia,” wrote Hugh Johnson, “Constantia…

    The Sommelier Update- 3 readers -
  • 3 Amazing Dessert wines for the Holidays

    … We all know that wines can be enjoyed with or without food. And we know that wines can be paired with food. But can wines be considered food? In the case of dessert wines, I think the case can be made. Instead of eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream and apple pie, try some or all of the following wines as an after dinner dessert…

    Weekly Wine Journal- 3 readers -
  • Five Holiday Gifts for the Wine Lover in your Life

    …-Confidential-Beyond-Basics-Understanding/dp/1611720141. I know wine well, generally, but there are huge gaps in my knowledge. I am good with California wines, and obviously know Mendocino County wines well, but I do not know the over 3,000 wine grape varieties of Italy and I am nearly as ignorant about Sake. Sake is really more like beer than wine, brewed…

    John Cesano/ John on Wine- 3 readers -
  • Kettle Valley Winery proves reds can work in British Columbia

    … Northern Vineyard. They also use railroad-related names for some of their wines. For example, their Port-style dessert wine is called “Caboose.” And their “Brakeman’s Select” is a red blend. Finding Kettle Valley Winery The views of the southern end of Okanagan Lake are spectacular from Kettle Valley Winery in Naramata, British Columbia. (Photo by Andy…

    Great Northwest Wine- 5 readers -
  • Riesling & Dessert: A Radiant Pairing

    … Riesling & Dessert: A Radiant Pairing Riesling to many out there is known to be a sweet German wine that is hit or miss with some palates. I say this after working in the industry for many years now, where every time I mention a Riesling, I get the scrunched nose faces, or the comments like, “no, I don’t drink sweet wines”. Riesling is one…

    Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City in Cabernet Sauvignon- 9 readers -

    … with no added puttonyos. Botrytised grapes would vary from vintage to vintage and from producer to producer. The last Puklus we had was 2006 vintage; this current version (2009) seems to offer bitterish dried apricot flavours and oxidative notes. A good dessert wine, certainly affordable, and perhaps best with egg dishes such as custards. 13.5% ABV…

    Dean Tudor/ Gothic Epicures VinCuisine- 4 readers -
  • Tiny Bubbles

    …, as well as good acoustics. The winery has blossomed into a popular place for weddings and soirees. If you still want to explore your bubbly options, go see John Allen at Vino! located just off 2nd Avenue on Washington Street in downtown Spokane, or Matt Dolan at the Rocket Market, atop Spokane’s South Hill off of 42nd Avenue. These knowledgeable wine…

    Laurie L Ross/ Sip of Spokane- 2 readers -
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  • Panettone Brie Tower Recipe Paired with Merlot Wine

    … (if not seconds). Pair it with an equally yummy dessert wine: a great one for the holidays is The Bench 1775 Late Harvest Cab Merlot. It’s a fantastically sweet wine that is perfect for holiday pairing because of its full-bodied and luscious notes of spice, clove, and cinnamon, with subtle notes of fruity plum and ripe berries. I hope this recipe…

    Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLeanin Merlot- 14 readers -
  • Dip that Bird. Shorten the Holidays. 10 Days is Plenty.

    … flavors balanced and pleasing. The only Pinot Noir we can drink anymore. Uniform flash with consistent profile. Wine talk! 13% All great meals should finish with a tasty dessert wine. We did not miss a beat. 2007 Moscatel du Setubal $17 (Hi Time Wine Cellars): From Portugal. Rich delicious sweet caramel. Dark caramel color. Need extra insulin…

    The Best of Wines- 1 readers -
  • December Roundup

    Short notes on recent bottles we’ve tried. WHITES Fox Run Vineyards Dry Riesling 2013 ($14.99) Subtly yeasty aroma. More slatey and fruit-neutral, an austere white that shows the Finger Lakes flexing its terroir muscle. With a medium-plus finish, one to consider as an oyster companion. 11.5% ABV. 2012 vintage available in PA. Red Newt Dry Riesling 2013 ($16.99) One clean drink.

    Jeff Alexander/ Pennsylvania Vine Company- 4 readers -
  • What We Have Been Drinking—12/1/2014

    …. Fantastic balance with the exact right amount of sweetness and acidity. This is pretty much balls to the walls from beginning to end. We have not been drinking a ton of dessert wine as of late, but with the weather getting colder, we need to pull a few more out. Outstanding. 91-93 Points. 2001 Tenuta Friggiali Brunello di Montalcino: Retail $55? I do…

    the drunken cyclist- 1 readers -
  • Finding Nero (Part I)

    … their territorial heritage in order to make Nero d’Avola and other wines that truly represent their place of origin. They are caretakers who understand that they must give to the land in order to receive from it the prime material they need. For Francesca Curto, Massimo Padova, and Corrado and Valeria Gurrieri there’s a well- marked road to quality…

    Pennsylvania Vine Company- 1 readers -
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