The absolutely enthralling aroma, the sparkling color, and the simply splendid taste is what defines the quintessential wines. The reds, the whites, and the dry ones! All have their own niche in the gourmet cuisine, while eating as well as the preparation of food. But which are the ones that go well with desserts? Join me as I try and explore which are the best dessert wines.
There are basically 2 categories of dessert wines. One is the fortified wine and the other is unfortified wine. The former ones are those, which are the port type from Portugal and other port style wines from different regions. These are, for instance, sherry and madeira. All these wines have spirits added to them, post fermentation, for kicking the alcohol content and sweetness a bit. On the contrary, the unfortified wines, like ice wines and Sauternes get their flavor from high alcohol content, on account of the yet to be fermented juice being concentrated through several methods. The temperature at which fortified wines are served is room temperature or a bit chilled. Ice wines on the other hand, are served chilled. Some of the best ones are enlisted below.
Late Harvest Riesling
A sparkling golden wine, grapes for any type of late harvest wines like this are left on the vine for a longer period of time, as compared to table wines. This is done to create optimum ripeness and sweetness. Often a dessert in itself, this drink teams up amazingly well with cheese and fruit-based desserts. Along with that, any dessert preparation involving cream, vanilla, and nuts pairs well with this drink.
Inniskillin Vidal Icewine 2006
Ice wines from this extremely famous winery Inniskillin, from Canada's Ontario region are a hit. Vidal blanc and Riesling from this winery are excellent to go with desserts. It is one of the premier wineries of Canada.
Lustau Muscat Sherry
Talk of wines for chocolate and vintage Port, Late Harvest Zinfandel, Lustau Muscat Sherry "Emlin," Recioto Amarone are a few of the best wines in this category. Simple dark chocolate is excellent to be paired with Cognac.
Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2006 (Italy)
This wine is one of the unique ones, and it is one of the semi sparkling wine. It is remarkably lighter and sweeter in flavor, and palate feel. This is a perfect partner for cheesecakes and the likes.
Brickish red in color, Churchill's 10 Year Tawny Port from Portugal is another wine that has a sweet, nutty aroma. Tawny port can be teamed up with a range of desserts, ranging from tiramisu to pecan pie to chocolate truffles, cheesecake, and perhaps, a few main course items.
Amongst Pinot Gris, King Estate Domaine vin Glace Pinot is an exquisite Oregon ice wine. It has an amazing taste, as it is heavily concentrated in layers of honey. It can act as the dessert itself! It doesn't need to be paired with any other dessert!
Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto
From the beautiful locales of Italy's Piedmont region, this is a sparkling red wine with a sweet and subtle taste, flavored with raspberry and juicy strawberry. Wherever there are fresh fruit desserts and chocolate based desserts, this wine has to be there!
The only important thing is to carefully pick dessert wines food pairing so that the maximum aroma and flavor of the wine can be enjoyed! Good luck!!