Learn all about Desert wine
Sweet highly flavoured wines are sold for drinking with deserts at the end
of a meal. Some desert wines can be almost like golden syrup - thick and very
sweet, white others are delicately fragranced affairs.
Muscat is the quintessential desert wine grape. The grapes are left long
on the vine to ensure maximum sweetness. In some regions this is enhanced
by allowing a particular type of fungus to grow on the grapes. This 'noble
rot' as it is known is particularly prevalent in french sauternes wines.
German Eiswein Spätauslese (lit. late harvested grapes that are picked
after the first frost) is also particularly sought after.The reason for this
is that the water in the grapes freezes, leaving the sugars to become more
concentrated and the wine to get sweeter. Typically auslese grapes have only
10 to 20% of the water content of standard grapes so the flavours are more
Inniskillin is a Canadian brand of ice wine from vineyards close to Niagara
Falls. Their ice wine has a distinctively smooth mouth appeal and a sweet
heady aroma. Definitely one of my personal favourite desert wines.
Desert wines are higher in alcohol that standard wines and are usually sold
in half bottles.