Everyone, need some help! I am wanting to try dessert wines so that my wife and I can enjoy an after dinner drink together as a dessert. Neither of us know much about wine in general (I'll drink whatever is put in front of me, she will drink little of any wine put in front of her), but as we are now empty-nesters with time on our hands to explore, a friend suggested we look into dessert wines. Suggestions?
- Reply by EMark, Dec 7, 2013.
Oh Judge. Where do we start?
Dessert wine is the totally great pleasure of most wine buffs. I, personally, am partial to whites. So, I am going to suggest you look for:
- French Sauternes
- U.S.-produced wines labeled "Late Harvest," or "Botrytis Affected," or "Botrycized."
- U.S.- or Canadian-produced wines labeled "Ice Wine."
- German wines labeled "Eiswein," or "Trockbeerenauslese" or "Beerenauslese."
- Hungarian "Tokaji Azsu."
There are many more options but these are good starters and are findable (if that is a word).
I would also suggest that you look for "half bottles." The "standard" sized wine bottle is 750ml. A little dessert wine goes a long way. So, a 375ml bottle will be more than sufficient for two people for a couple or three days.
I personally like these kinds of wines with a "blue-veined" cheese--Roquefort, Stilton, Gorgonzola, whatever you like--and fruit, but feel free to try it with desserts that you enjoy.
I'll let somebody else come in here and talk about Ports or other red options.
Please come back here and tell us about your discoveries.