About Sweet Wine

About Sweet Wine
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.

Top Picks for Sweet Wine

Parallel 44 2021 Pink Frosting Sweet Rosé Frontenac Gis
92 points
$19
Best Buy
A delicious sweet wine with refreshing acid; would make a fun summer Sangria.
Awards: 2023 Americana Cup - Best Sweet Wine
92 points $19 Best Buy
Stone Hill Winery NV  Concord
91 points
$10
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This sweet red is spiked grape juice; you just can't hate a tasty juice box.
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Quady 2020 Electra White Moscato
90 points
$15
A vibrantly delicious and concentrated dessert wine that will be a fine end to a rich meal.
Quady 2020 Electra Red Moscato
89 points
$15
A berry-laden palate follows a honey-kissed nose in the sweet but sophisticated Moscato sipper.
Stone Hill Winery NV Raspberry Flavored Wine Missouri
88 points
$14
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A fun and interesting fruit candy of a wine to keep away from the kids.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Parallel 44 2021 White Frosting Sweet White La Crescent
88 points
$19
An excellent pairing as the sweet and fruity counter with your cheese plate.
Oliver NV Sweet Red Indiana
88 points
$8
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A bold Concord wine with impassioned varietal character; pleasingly sweet and never cloying.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Jersey NV Red Blend American
87 points
$14
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An interesting wine to pair with a fruity breakfast muffin.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Stone Hill Winery NV  Moscato
87 points
$16
A fun, fruity wine that would make a good white Sangria.
Parallel 44 2021 Red Frosting Sweet Red Frontenac
87 points
$19
A sweet wine with lush black fruits with a touch of herbaceousness to lend balance.