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

Stone Hill Winery NV  Concord
91 points
$10
Best Buy
This sweet red is spiked grape juice; you just can't hate a tasty juice box.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Boundless Optimism NV Sweet Dessert Wine California
88 points
$40
A pleasing dessert wine with pronounced red fruits and excellent acid structure to balance the sweetness.
Stone Hill Winery NV Raspberry Flavored Wine Missouri
88 points
$14
Best Buy
A fun and interesting fruit candy of a wine to keep away from the kids.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Stone Hill Winery NV  Moscato
87 points
$16
A fun, fruity wine that would make a good white Sangria.
Jersey NV Red Blend American
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Pour this in your ice cube tray as a perfect summer treat.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Jersey NV Sweet Summer Semi-Sweet Red Blend American
86 points
$16
Consume chilled on a hot summer day or try poured over shaved ice.
Stone Hill Winery NV Sangria Missouri
86 points
$14
Best Buy
A sweeter take on a traditional red Sangria; try it in your next mug of mulled wine.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Quady 2021 Sweet White Moscato
85 points
$15
A crushable summer wine with a nice citrus acidity to balance the sweetness.
Stone Hill Winery NV Sweet Rosé Pink Catawba
85 points
$10
An interesting and pleasant sweet wine for the adventurous types trying domestic wines.
Quady 2022 Red Electra Moscato California
84 points
$15
Mix with ginger ale or 7 up for a wine cocktail.