Americans notoriously love sweet things. We export Coca-Cola around the world, put ketchup on steak (well, some of us do) and clamor for the latest seasons of ”The Great British Baking Show” and ”Cupcake Wars.” Last year, however, 97 percent of the Champagne imported to the U.S. qualified as dry.
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 […]
There’s no need to reach for calorically dense desserts next time the mood for something sweet strikes. Instead, look to a glass of sweet red wine to satisfy the craving. Not only will the glass provide more heart-healthy benefits than that stack of Oreos, but you’ll save a bunch of calories as well. Believe it […]
When it comes to sweet wine, there are numerous winemaking processes in which the wine can get its sweetness, from fortification to late-harvest picking to halting fermentation. The one thing that all bottles of sweet wine have in common is the presence of residual sugar, otherwise known as RS.
The bubbly star of rap songs and sweet alternative to vodka shots for woo girls, Moscato d’Asti might seem like a simple wine. But contrary to what pop culture would have us believe, this Italian white is more complex than it seems — both tasting it and making it. To start, not all Moscato is created equal. Moscato is […]
Ever wonder how that German Riesling or tawny port you’re sipping got to the level of sweetness that it did? Hint: the winemakers didn’t just dump spoonfuls of sugar into the base wine and give it a quick stir. Sweet wines, which have had an unnecessarily negative connotation attached to them for a while, are […]
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.
Figuring out how sweet a bottle of sparkling wine is can be confusing if you’re not familiar with the often counterintuitive language on labels. Here’s a quick example: You would normally say that a wine that isn’t sweet is dry. However, if you’re looking for a bottle of Prosecco that isn’t sweet, you’ll want to […]
“The wine of kings, and the kings of wines,” is what Louis XIV said about the elegant, sweet aszú wines of Tokaj. From off-dry Riesling, to effervescent Moscato, to full-on dessert wines like aszú or its French counterpart Sauternes, sweet wines from around the world can be an incredibly delicious pairing for many foods and […]