Four hundred years before Portugal began producing Port, an alchemist in France discovered the method, known as mutage, of creating fortified wines. Yes, in 1284 A.D., a fellow who dabbled in magic in an effort to turn ordinary metals into gold changed the course of wine history. This tinkerer was named Arnaldus de Villanova.
If you haven’t heard of Rivesaltes, Maury, or vins doux naturels, you’re not alone. Despite their rich history, these jewels from the South of France get almost no press — especially compared to other dessert wines like port or sherry. But Rivesaltes deserves a closer look. It has a Grenache base, warm amber color, and flavors perfectly suited […]
The majority of the world’s quality wine is dry, but interestingly, some of the most famous, long-lived, and expensive wines are, in fact, sweet. Wine lovers rave about vintage port from decades ago and clamor for a taste of the celebrated d’Yquem. Tokaji’s mythical essencia is traditionally served not from a glass but from a […]
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 […]
“I like any kind of wine, but it has to be dry.” Perhaps in rebellion against the former White Zinfandel and Blue Nun days of the wine industry, the trend in favor of dry wines has skyrocketed in the past decade. Such vehement opposition against sweet wines exists that dessert wines, some of the most […]
Ever wonder how dessert wines become sweet? It’s easy to imagine a bunch of winemakers just opening up big vats and pouring in some granulated sugar. (That is, after all, what makes bran flakes palatable for all those prepubescent years.) And while some liquors have shown evidence of actually having sugar added, dessert wines become sweet by a […]
If you ever entertain, or even might entertain, here’s a tip for dessert: keep some sweet wine around so you don’t have to actually exert yourself. Just drizzle one of these “stickies” over vanilla ice cream and you are done. If you wanna get fancy, serve it in a martini glass. Or even make it […]
Despite a slow and steady rise among American foodies, dessert wines are still getting the short end of the booze stick, often losing to well liquor as a dessert companion despite the existence of a perfect off-dry wine for everything from cheesecake to Almond Joy bars.
Ice wine might (rightfully) terrify. That sleek little bottle. The higher price tag. The legend of lurking sweetness. But if you’re avoiding ice wine out of intimidation, financial or saccharine, avoid no longer. It’s time to bask in the balanced sweetness of this seasonal viticultural miracle.