Red Dessert Wines

Reviews of port and late harvest wine


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Red Dessert Wines The holidays are one of the few times in the year when folks dig into dessert wines, and that’s a shame. There are many arguments for this hesitancy: the cost, the sheer volume of wine, the alcohol! All of them are valid enough, but considering that most dessert wines come in half bottles and that many last quite well for a week on the counter, I’m thinking that more people should be taking a tipple year round. But that’s not the point today.

Today, let’s talk and taste some of the main categories of red dessert wines, port and late harvest wines. The two styles are quite different from each other. To begin with, there is port, which technically only comes from Portugal. Many port-style wines from around the globe are made, and many are quite delicious.

Late harvest wines, on the other hand, are made around the world and with almost every grape imaginable. The main distinction one can make about late harvest wines is that the grapes are dried on the vine, as opposed to first being harvested and laid out either in the sun or on mats and racks. This tends to lend the late harvest style wines an added advantage in ripeness, though it often comes at the price of lower acidity in the finished wines. Learn more about both styles inside!

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  • There are some lovely red wines in Europe dating back to Roman times like Aleatico de Puglia, and weird wines like PANTELLERIA from a volcanic island near Italy

    Banyuls, Collioure and Maury, from the Catalan corner of France are great solutions to the chocolate pudding dilemna but appear as chilled aperitifs in their region.

    A cute little strawberry-tasting wine of about 5% is grown in Piedmont,called Birbet. We had one from Malvira that survived many years of neglect under the sink and yet tasted lovely after chilling, and disappeared in two sessions.

    I would say be brave and take the plunge on a bottle if you see such things in shops run by wine enthusiastsin the US of A.

    Dec 15, 2011 at 5:55 AM

  • nice one

    Sep 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

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