About Sparkling Dessert Wine

About Sparkling Dessert Wine
Sparkling Dessert Wines are effervescent sweet fruity wines with residual sugar levels of 5% brix or higher that are not from established sparkling dessert wine categories like Italian Moscato d' Asti or Canadian Sparkling Ice Wines. American examples are usually made with a variety of muscat grapes, labeled as 'Moscato", and may include other natural flavors like citrus or berries.

Top Picks for Sparkling Dessert Wine

Sweet Bitch NV Sparkling Moscato
93 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of peach custard pie, golden raisin bread pudding, and caramel apple with a satiny, tangy, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish manifesting notes of candied tangerine and fruit cocktail with fine, fruit tannins. A delicious and vibrant sweet wine that will be super versatile and widely appealing; drinks like a fine Moscato d’Asti but frizzante.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Carletto NV Ricco Dolce Sweet Red Italy
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of candied raspberry, apple, mint, and strawberry confection with a supple, crisp, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length sweet pea blossom, chocolate with crystalized violet petals, and rooibos tea finish. A juicy, slightly floral sparkler that will be delicious with chocolate cake.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Luisi 2017  Moscato dAsti DOCG
88 points
$17.99
Pale straw color. Perfumed aromas of lime, gardenia, and quince with a supple, crisp, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length honeycomb, bee pollen, and apricot nectar finish with no oak flavor. A perfumed moscato with bright notes of gardenia; a very attractive sparkler for the dessert course.
88 points $17.99
Culitos NV Moscato Provincia di Pavia IGP
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of poached pear, honeycomb, elderflower, lychee, and thyme with a round, vibrant, spritzy, sweet medium-to-full body and an even, charming, medium-length finish revealing shades of sweet peach with no oak flavor. A sweet and floral kissed wine that will close out a meal with sugar-laced bliss.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Bartenura NV Sparkling Moscato Italy
88 points
$22.99
Straw green color. Fruity, sweet aromas of honeysuckle, dried apples and pears, petit fours, and apricot jam with a round, crisp, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length toasted almonds and sweet tea finish with no oak flavor. A sweet sparkler that hits the spot.
88 points $22.99
Bartenura 2017 Sparkling Moscato Rosé Piemonte
87 points
$22.99
Pale amber salmon color. Fruity, sweet aromas of apricot fruit leather, honeycomb, and underripe cherry with a satiny, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp honey cake and toasty blini finish. A delicate sweet sipper that offers a festive close to the meal.
87 points $22.99
Paluzzi 2017  Moscato dAsti
86 points
$7.50
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Sweet aromas of honeysuckle and apple with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, very sweet medium body and an effortless, medium-length peach candies, lemon sherbet, and elderflower finish with no oak flavor. A sweet moscato pleaser.
86 points $7.50 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pink Moscato California
85 points
$9.99
Pale amber salmon color. Aromas of apricot, prickly pear, and plastic wrapped grape bunch with a round, crisp, spritzy, sweet light body and a seamless, buoyant peach iced tea finish with no oak flavor. A blush sparkler that will be well-received by sweet tooths.
85 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante California
85 points
$9.99
Yellow straw color. Sweet aromas of overripe fruit, pears in syrup, lily, and jasmine with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, sweet light body and a seamless, breezy apricot kernel, chrysanthemum, and candied pineapple finish. A sweet sparkler for everyday celebrations.
85 points $9.99
Wilson Creek NV Sweet Sparkling Rosé California
84 points
$19.99
Pale pink coral color. Aromas of raspberry compote, baked apple, honeycomb, and tomato vine with a supple, bright, fizzy, fruity sweet light body and a tingling, fast watermelon candies and crisp celery finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A solid, sweet, sparkling wine for casual celebrations.
84 points $19.99