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Brass Tacks

Brass Tacks
2018 Moscato, California

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10% RS: 5.9%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15
Best Buy
'2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Dessert Wine $15 and Under'

Brass Tacks
2018 Moscato, California

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10% RS: 5.9%
Straw green color. Fruity, sweet aromas of pears in syrup, baked peach, honey cake, and apricot jam with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, quick lychee and banana finish. A juicy-sweet moscato pleaser that hits the spot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: pears in syrup, baked peach, honey cake, and apricot jam
Taste Flavor: lychee and banana
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy-sweet moscato pleaser that hits the spot.

The Producer or Importer

Wine Spots Cellars

The Producer or  Importer
1592 Union Street #302
San Francisco, CA 94123
USA
1 415-546-2204

Their Portfolio

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Dessert Wine

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Serve in a Copita
A dessert wine is just that, a wine made strictly to pair with desserts at the end of a meal. Dessert wines are sweet wines; while many are naturally sweet, some are sweetned through the addition of grape must.

Famous dessert wines include Sauternes from France’s Bordeaux region, Rutherglen Muscat from Australia and vendages tardives (“late picked”) from France’s Alsace region. Germany also produces many famous dessert wines, ranging from Spatlese to Eiswein (made from frozen grapes).

Dessert wines from Italy include Vin Santo, Recioto di Soave and Recioto di Valpolicella. While some dessert wines have alcohol in the 12-14% range, others such as Moscato d’Asti from Piedmont in northern Italy are very low in alcohol (5.5%).

Dessert wines can accompany certain specific foods, especially cakes, almond tortes and fruit tarts; however, Sauternes and foie gras is a classic pairing.

While some lighter dessert wines such as Moscato d’Asti or Brachetto d’Acqui are meant for consumption upon release, others such as Sauternes or Auslese from Germany can age for decades, thanks to their high natural sugar concentration.