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
$147
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