Dessert wines, as the name suggests, are sweet wines that form a part of the dessert menu. These wines are typically served after the meal is over, usually with fruit or bakery sweets. There is no specific definition of a dessert wine, meaning there is no exact basis on which you can differentiate a dessert wine from any other type of wine. It differs from one country to another. Dessert wines are also known as wines for a sweet tooth, as they have a high content of sugar, along with a high alcohol percentage. In the following lines, we have provided information on some of the best dessert wines.
Wines for a Sweet Tooth
Beerenauslese wine is one of the most popular dessert wines, made from handpicked grapes that achieve at least up to 30 percent sugar. In case of this wine, the grapes might also be infected by botrytis, to make them sweeter. The wine is potent as well as sweet. Beerenauslese wine is very acidic, well balanced and also ages well.
Eiswein is a wine that is made from grapes that have been frozen on the vine. These grapes are then pressed, before they start thawing, leading to concentration of sugar and acids. In this case also, the grapes achieve up to 30 percent sugar, prior to harvesting. Eiswein wine is lighter-bodied, balanced and ages well.
Champagne Doux is one of the best wines that you can have after dinner. In case of this wine, the process of secondary fermentation is followed by the addition of a dosage (liquer d’ expedition). The more the dosage, the sweeter will be the wine. In fact, Doux is the French term for defining the top sweetness level for sparkling wine.
Moscato d'Asti is the sweet variety of Muscat wine that is made from Moscato Bianco (Muscato Canelli) grape, of the Piedmont region of Italy. The sweetness of this wine is a result of the artificially stopping of its fermentation process. Moscato d’Asti wines are very light-bodied and delicate. They work the best with lighter desserts.
Sauternes wine is produced in Sauternais region, of Bordeaux, France. It is made from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes, affected by botrytis. Amongst the best dessert wines in the world, Sauternes wines are pretty expensive and have high alcohol content. Honey-like and toffee-like flavors are more pronounced in Sauternes wines.
Trockenbeerenauslese wine is made from hand picked grapes that are allowed to remain on the vine for a long time after they have ripened. The result is that they become almost like raisins and the drying process makes the sugar and acid become highly concentrated. The wine has nectarine-like flavors and is often low in alcohol.