For every scrumptious, sweet concoction in the world, there’s a dessert wine to go with it. Every wine-producing country has a sweet treasure of a wine that finishes the evening meal with a flourish, and the production methods of dessert wines are as varied as the grapes used to make them. Having a tasting to contrast and compare these wines is a great way to discover which wine best complements your favorite dessert, and which is best all by itself.
Tastings to Try
Madeira or Port: Vintage Port vs. Late Bottled Vintage Port, Tawny Port vs. Ruby Port, Tawny Port vs. Aged Tawny, Vintage Port vs. Colheita
Dessert wines of France: Banyuls, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Quarts de Chaume, Sauternes
Dessert wines of Italy: Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Soave, Passito, Marsala
Dessert wines of Spain: Late-harvest Monastrell, Málaga, Pedro Ximénez
Dessert wines of Germany, which should have these terms on the label: Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, Eiswein