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Grande River Vineyards

Grande River Vineyards
2015 Semi-Sweet, Riesling, Grand Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: 5.1%
82 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$15.99

Grande River Vineyards
2015 Semi-Sweet, Riesling, Grand Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: 5.1%
Clear silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of concord grape, spree candies, and flower stems with a tangy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with no oak flavor. An easy drinking dessert Riesling; serve it with fruit or cream driven sweets.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity
Aroma Aroma: concord grape, spree candies, and flower stems
Taste Flavor: concord grape, spree candies, and flower stems
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Plum Tartlet, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An easy drinking dessert Riesling; serve it with fruit or cream driven sweets.

The Producer

Grande River Vineyards Winery

The Producer
PO Box 129
Palisade, CO 81526
USA
1 970-464-5867

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.