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8 of the Best Dessert Wines For You and Your Sweetheart

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Eight Dessert Wines You Need This Valentine's Day

Once in a while, we all love a little something sweet. Wine is no exception. After a big meal, there’s nothing better than a little dessert wine to wash down your dinner and end the meal on a high note. Dessert wines are made all over the world, using various grapes and methods. We’ve gathered up eight of our favorite dessert bottles to sweetly sip on this Valentine’s Day. Grab a bottle, pair it with your partner’s favorite dessert, and make this year’s celebration the best Valentine’s Day yet.

Blandy’s 10 Year Madeira Rich Malmsey

Eight Dessert Wines You Need This Valentine's DayWhile most consumers are familiar with Port wine from the Douro Valley, Madeira is the other delicious dessert sipper from Portugal, specifically, the southern Portuguese islands of — you guessed it — Madeira. Switch up your Port routine with this delicious, 10 year Madeira, bursting with intensely nutty, caramel, and dried-fruit flavors. Delicious and affordable. Average Price: $32

Fontodi Vin Santo 2007

Eight Dessert Wines You Need This Valentine's DayThis delectable dessert wine is made in the appassimento style, meaning grapes are naturally dried out to concentrate their sugars. At Fontodi, grapes are dried for five months; the pressed must ages in chestnut and oak barrels for at least six years. This incredible dessert wine bursts with flavors of honeyed nuts and sappy prunes. Average Price: $95

Graham’s Six Grapes

Eight Dessert Wines You Need This Valentine's DayThis is hands down our favorite Ruby Port on the market. The wine explodes with flavors of jammy plums and sappy cherries, with undertones of dark chocolate. Luscious and velvety smooth, it’s also a steal. Average Price: $21

Quinta de la Rosa Tawny Port

Eight Dessert Wines You Need This Valentine's DayThis affordable Tawny Port is relatively light on the palate, full of spicy plum notes and a lingering finish. Serve with blue cheese for a heavenly dessert pairing. Average Price: $24

Vidal-Fleury Beaumes de Venise Muscat 2013

Eight Dessert Wines You Need This Valentine's DayThis 100% Muscat à Petit Grain’s grapes are hand-picked in late September when grapes reach optimum sugar levels. Lychee, honey, and dried fruit flavors dominate the palate, balanced out by a strong acidity. Serve with foie gras or fruit-based desserts. Average Price: $20

Dr. Loosen Demi Sec 2015

Eight Dessert Wines You Need This Valentine's DayTwo things will always be true: we all love bubbles and we all love Riesling. Why not put the two together? Dr. Loosen has been making world-renowned wines from the Riesling grape in the Mosel region of Germany for over 200 years. These sweet sparkles are perfect for any romantic evening, plus it’s an extremely affordable bottle. Average Price: $14

Accordini Recioto Classico Acinatico 2013

Eight Dessert Wines You Need This Valentine's DayThis gorgeous wine from Veneto shows beautiful hues of ruby red in the glass, followed by aromas of dried fruit. The palate is a stunning balance between sugar and acidity, making it a perfect pairing for chocolate cakes and dark chocolate. Average Price: $40

Fuleky Pallas Tokaji Late Harvest

Eight Dessert Wines You Need This Valentine's DayThis Hungarian dessert wine is a perfect intro wine for those interested in discovering the Tokaj grape. The wine’s sweet flavor profile is balanced by a structured acidity. Ringing in at a low 10.5 percent alcohol, this is a perfect before-bed choice. Pair with strong cheeses and fruit-based desserts. Average Price: $25

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