July 9th, 2011 by eileen in wine varieties and styles
Ending a meal with something sweet is an age-old tradition. The word “dessert” comes from the French word “desservir” meaning “to clear the table.” While we typically default to cake, cookies, ice cream and other confections, sweet wines are an interesting and refreshing alternative that gives you the satisfaction of sweetness when you just can’t eat another bite.
There are plenty of sweet options. Whites such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer and the slightly less sweet Chenin Blanc are fresh and light choices and pair well with other desserts. Refreshment wines, which are varietals with an infusion of fruit, such as Blueberry Shiraz or White Cranberry Pinot Grigio, indulge that craving for something extra. Dessert wines such as Ice Wines are heartier alternatives for those with a more evolved sweet tooth. And Port always offers a rich and elegant finale.
All in all, sweet wines can be fun to make and drink. So, don’t forget this fabulous finish to your next meal.