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 […]
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.
Noble rot. It sounds like an industrial band that’s booked a gig in a warehouse somewhere, but it’s actually what makes dessert wine scrumptiously sweet. Noble rot, known more formally by its scientific name Bortrytis cinerea, is a helpful fungus that can affect wine grapes. So what exactly is Noble rot and how does it […]