History of Dessert Wine

These are sweet wines that are served with (or instead of) dessert. Examples include fortified wines like port and sherry, and late harvest wines, which are made from grapes that have shriveled a bit, concentrating their sweetness. As a rule of thumb, a dessert wine should always be sweeter than the dessert it accompanies. Substitutes: sparkling wine OR liqueur OR coffee (This is another beverage traditionally served with dessert.)


Banyuls Pronunciation: bahn-YOOLZ Notes: This is a red dessert wine that's produced in France. It's one of the few wines that's good with chocolate. Notes: Port OR black muscat wine OR porter ale (also tastes good with chocolate)

Black Muscat Wine: This is a late harvest dessert wine made with black muscat grapes and sometimes fortified with brandy. Unlike many dessert wines, it goes well with chocolate. Notes: Banyuls OR Port OR porter ale (also tastes good with chocolate)

Late Harvest Wine: These pricey wines are produced from grapes that are picked late in the season, after they've shriveled a bit on the vine. This concentrates the sugar and allows producers to turn the grapes into sweet, rich dessert wines. Some of the best late harvest wines are made from grapes that have become moldy with the Botrytis cinerea fungus (also known as "noble rot"). The fungus pokes holes in the grape skins, allowing more water to evaporate. Ice wine = icewine = eiswein is an especially sweet and expensive kind of late harvest wine in which the dehydrated grapes are allowed to freeze on the vine, resulting in a very sweet wine. These and other late harvest wines are often sold in half-bottles, and are best drunk by themselves or with fruit or light desserts. Don't serve them with chocolate or very sweet desserts.

Muscat = Moscatel = Muscatel = Muscadel = Moscato: This is a sweet and fruity dessert wine made from Muscat grapes. Don't confuse it with Muscadet, which is a dry white wine. Substitutes: port OR Riesling OR Gewurztraminer OR 1C = 1/2 C white wine + 1/2 C water + 1/3 C sugar.

Sauternes Pronunciation: so-TERN: Sauternes is a district in France that produces exquisite and expensive white dessert wines. The district includes the commune Barsac, which produces some of the best Sauternes. Sauternes are sweet and are delicious with blue cheese, pate de foie gras, and light desserts, though they should never be served with chocolate. Don't confuse Sauternes with Sauterne, which is a cheap domestic imitation. Substitutes: dessert wine.

Tokaj Wine = Tokay Wine Pronunciation: toe-KAY: Ordinary Tokay table wine is mediocre, but some Tokay grapes are affected by Botrytis cinerea, a fungus that pokes holes in their skins and makes them shrivel on the vine. This concentrates the sweetness and makes for an exquisite dessert wine. Look for bottles labeled Tokay Aszu, the Hungarian name for botrytised Tokay wine.

Dessert Wine
Ancient Coast Ice Wine 2004 375ML $49.99
Beringer Nightingale Botrytised Napa Valley 2007 375ml $19.99
Chateau St Michelle Eroica Ice Wine 2006 Washington State 375ml $59.99
Chateau St Michelle Late Harvest Washington State 1997 375ml $9.99
Cline Mourvedre Late Harvest 2005 $9.99
Columbia Crest Late Harvest 1995 $9.99
Concha Y Toro Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest 2010 375ml $9.99
Inniskillin Ice Wine Pearl 2007 375ml Temp Out Of Stock $29.99
Jackson Triggs Reserve Vidal Ice Wine 2006 187ml $19.99
Justin Obtuse Desert Wine Paso Robles 2011 375ml $12.99
King Estate Pinot Gris Vin Glace' 2004 $12.99
Kiona Late Harvest Gewurztraminer $9.99
Mer Soleil Viognier Late Harvest 2001 $19.99
Opolo Muscat Canelli 2008 $19.99
Pacific Rim Vin De Glaciere (ice Wine) $17.99
R.L.Buller & Son Tokay 375ml $13.99
Renwood Zinfandel Ice Wine 2007 $19.99
Ste Chapelle Late Harvest Riesling Snake River Valley Idaho 2008 375ml $9.99
Used Automobile Parts 2005 375ml $9.99
Wilson Creek Decadencia Chocolate 375ml $12.99
Woodbridge Moscato 2011 $5.99
Zinie Chateau De Potelle $9.99
All bottles of Wine are 750ml unless stated otherwise
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