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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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