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

Quady 2020 Electra White Moscato
90 points
$15
Straw green color. Interesting aromas and flavors of oatmeal with golden raisins and pecans, saddle leather, dried peaches and pits, and matcha with a supple, bright, moderately sweet medium body and an effortless, complex, long finish that exhibits overtones of honeyed dried apricot, orange marmalade, and ground almond. A vibrantly delicious and concentrated dessert wine that will be a fine end to a rich meal.
Corte Bella  Rosso
90 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry sorbet, pomegranate juice, rosehip preserves, and ume with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish conveying nuances of strawberry shortcake, raspberry gelee, and wet stone with no oak flavor. A delicious, fun and fizzy red that is sure to be a hit; drink up.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Quady 2020 Electra Red Moscato
89 points
$15
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry compote on pound cake, honeycomb, and warm spices with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length mixed berry gelato finish with no oak flavor. A berry-laden palate follows a honey-kissed nose in the sweet but sophisticated Moscato sipper.
Oliver NV Sweet Red Indiana
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Garnet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of wild cherry candy, huckleberry jam, and tangerine with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish displaying shades of hints of tropical fruit with no oak flavor. A bold Concord wine with impassioned varietal character; pleasingly sweet and never cloying.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV Semi-Sweet Steinberg White Wine Hermann
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pears in syrup, apricot, and candied lime with a satiny, lively, moderately sweet light body and a sleek, brisk finish with touches of white strawberry and ginger with no oak flavor. A delicate sweet wine to serve with a good chill.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV Camellia Sweet Rosé Hermann
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas and flavors of ripe kiwi, pineapple, starfruit, capers, and tangerine tea with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A tropical and fruity sweet wine for summertime quaffing.
87 points $12 Best Buy
RICCO NV Dolce Italy
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Violet color. Sweet aromas and flavors of raspberry pastilles, honey on berries, and pomegranate juice with a slightly chewy, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, agreeable finish manifesting elements of seedless grapes. A juicy, fruity, bubbly red that’s great for spicy fried chicken or daytime celebrations.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV Sweet Rosé Wine Catawba
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of soursop, ripe wild strawberry, and hints of cassis with a supple, crisp, sweet light body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A fragrant and stylish sweet with with a melange of ripe tropical fruit flavors.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Jam Jar NV Sweet Blush Rosé Western Cape
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Floral, candied aromas of honeysuckle and ripe peach with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, easy strawberry sorbet and lemon-spritz finish with no oak flavor. A bright and cheerful sweet Rosé for Moscato lovers.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Kauffman’s NV Posey Red
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Neon siam color. Aromas of concord grapes, wildflowers, and sugared ginger with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, crisp finish. A sweet and grapey refresher to serve ice cold.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy