About Regional Dessert Wine

About Regional Dessert Wine
There are numerous dessert wines in Italy; today the most popular is Moscato d'Asti from Piedmont. Also in this region is a similarly styled red, slightly sparkling wine called Brachetto. A delightful wine, full of cranberry and strawberry fruit and red rose aromas,this is very light with a touch of sweetness and is ideal consumed fresh with strawberries or peaches.

There are other examples of sweeter Moscato from Italy; many of these are very light and medium-sweet; some are mixed with peach juice. These are meant to be sipped near the pool during summer.

Other celebrated dessert wines from Italy include Vin Santo - "the wine of the saints" - a lush, very rich sweet wine made from dried grapes. Loaded with caramel, honey and butterscotch flavors when young, these wines age very well (10-15 years) and taste more like dried sherries as they mature.

Veneto is home to two other famous dessert wines; both are called Recioto. One is Recioto di Soave, made from Garganega grapes; this is a white dessert wine that is quite rich (though not as full-bodied as Vin Santo); pair with cookies and pastries. The other is Recioto di Valpolicella, made from red grapes used in the Valpolicella district; this is full of black raspberry fruit, is moderately sweet and even a bit decadent! Drink upon release or in ten years' time; pair with chocolate or a blackberry tart.

Top Picks for Regional Dessert Wine

Alea Ludendo 2013  Elba Aleatico Passito
95 points
Deep purple color. Fruity, floral aromas of sugared plums, pressed violet, honeycomb, sweet cigars, and dark chocolate with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, layered, long ginger, saffron, dried figs, mint creme, and molasses cookies finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A delightful and nuanced Dessert Wine to finish an excellent meal; just lovely.
Awards: 2017 Best Dessert Wine