Top 10 Best Dessert Wines
A list of the best sweet wines and what to expect from them.
For most people, it can be very daunting to navigate the wide selections that dessert wines come in. Another thing to note is that wines are not made equally – some are definitely better than others while certain types of wines are best served in specific settings.
Intricate and confusing as all this might be, if you’re looking to tread off the beaten path and try something new, then exploring the intoxicating world of dessert wines is an adventure worth undertaking.
As a little road map to help you on this journey, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 best dessert wines along with a short description of why they’re worth trying.
1. Vietti Moscato d’Asti
Made from organically farmed fruit, the Vietti Moscato d’Asti does an excellent job of balancing sweetness with natural acidity.
When tasting this wine, be conscious of the notes of peaches, white flower petals, candied ginger, and honeysuckle. In terms of aroma, this wine packs a strong floral scent, specifically that of rose petals.
This kind of wine is best served alongside Pan-Asian cuisine and lobster as well as pastry, fruit-based as well as creamy desserts, blue cheese. It would also go great with sugary brunch dishes (waffles, pancakes, and more).
2. Domaine des Nouelles Rosé d’Anjou
As evident from its name, the Domaine des Nouelles hails from Anjou, one of the Loire Valley’s major wine-producing zones.
A favorite among critics, this particular wine is prized for its notes of sweet cherries, red currants, and rose petals. To give the wine its subtle sweet taste, the fermentation process is not allowed to be completed.
To achieve the rosé’s distinctive pink color, the grapes are crushed after a slight maceration.
Though great to drink at any time of the day, the Domaine des Nouelles Rosé d’Anjou is best served alongside crepes, a fresh bowl of strawberries, salmon, or avocados.
3. Niepoort Ruby Port
Made in Douro, Portugal, this brand is relatively new in the market. It makes a name for itself as being an expressive and organic port that rivals the mass-produced ports in taste and style.
When drinking, look out for the strong notes of red and dark fruits, mainly cherries, plums, and dried figs. Just as interesting as its effect on your palette is the way it’s made. Niepoort Ruby Port is produced from the low-yielding old vines in the Cima Corgo region of the Douro. The wine ages for about 3 years in large wooden vats, which also helps give it its rich, dark color.
Though the port is a wine that can be drunk at any time, Niepoort Ruby Port can be consumed after a meal or with soft cheeses to enhance the taste.
4. Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille
A bubbly rosé with only a dash of sweetness, this drink boasts notes of raspberry, strawberry, cream – a true dessert in and of itself.
Made in France with methods that are centuries old, Gamay and poulsard are grown in limestone then fermented without any additions. Like the other French rosés, the Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille is bottled before its fermentation process is finished, creating a lighter tone and subtler taste.
This drink lends itself perfectly alongside fruity desserts, cheeses, and pastries.
5. Champalou Vouvray La Cuvée des Fondraux
This white wine is made in the Loire Valley, France. Farmed with sustainable methods, this silky nectar-like wine delivers notes of pears, ripe melon, tropical yellow fruit, and honey.
One of the more aromatic wines on this list, be sure to take a whiff once poured out of a newly opened bottle to fully appreciate the complex scents.
This particular wine is best served with spicy Thai food or strong cheeses as it effectively balances out the saltiness in those types of food.
6. Elio Perrone Sourgal Moscato d’Asti
Crafted in scenic Piedmont, Italy, this wine is best taken before dinner, preparing your palette for a long meal.
Be sure to take your time and sip it gently to catch all the tasty notes of different fruits and flowers. Despite being affordably priced, this selection gives a lot for your taste buds to play with.
You can also have Elio Perrone Sourgal Moscato d’Asti with fruit skewers or prosciutto to serve as a light snack.
7. Laurent-Perrier Harmony Demi-Sec
For something more sophisticated that’s great for a special occasion, the Laurent-Perrier Harmony Demi-Sec is a worthy companion.
This French champagne effectively balances bubbly sweetness with a solid mixture of still wine. It also delivers delicious notes of dried fruits, grilled almonds, and honeyed stone fruit with every sip.
It is best accompanied by a Mediterranean salad or pasties.
8. Château d’Yquem
Another great selection to whip out only for a special occasion, this dessert wine comes from the southerly vineyards of Bordeaux.
Its luscious flavor profile includes the blended notes of honey, orange marmalade, and tropical fruit.
Nothing less than liquid gold, you should try the Château d’Yquem by itself to fully appreciate the unique taste.
9. Risata Moscato d’Asti
Frothy and easy to drink, the Risata Moscato d’Asti is the perfect springboard from which to start your sweet wine journey.
This Italian wine brings notes of stone fruit, mandarin orange, and honey without any of it being overpowering.
Best served chilled alongside spicy foods or French pastries.
10. Domaine de Durban Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
Made from muscat grapes in the little-known French region of Beaumes-de-Venise, this white wine is definitely rare.
If you do manage to get your hands on it though, be ready to taste notes of honey, dried apricots, and ripe mirabelles.
This wine goes best with cakes or buttered cookies.
Dessert wines are delicious alcoholic drinks that are great for capping off a dinner or adding an extra layer of spice to any social gathering.
It is important to note that the best wine isn’t always the most expensive one. Selecting a good sweet wine depends on the food you intend to have or the occasion it’s going to serve. The best thing about dessert wines is how they enhance the flavor of the food you’re pairing it with.
With the right selection, you can easily elevate a simple dinner to something comparable to a gourmet restaurant.