Who doesn’t crave a little something sweet after a savory meal? Life’s pleasures are all about balance and that’s why we believe there’s always room for dessert wine. No matter the season, pair it with your favorite post-dinner treat or enjoy it alone to make any day go down a little easier.
What is dessert wine?
Higher in sugar and alcohol content, dessert wines are produced in a number of ways – depending on the desired sweetness level. The most well-known way is to halt the fermentation process early on so that the yeast doesn't eat all the sugar. Another practice is to use late-harvest grapes that have been left on the vine longer to raisinate, which increases the sugar content. Fortified wines, such as a port or sherry, are made by adding distilled spirits to it.
Produced in various ways, dessert wines range in styles, sweetness levels, and dryness. Not sure where to start? We’ve narrowed down the list to our current go-to favs.
What can’t Mary J Blige do? This pinot grigio is just as glamorous as her creator. Pink in color and berry in flavor, Sun Goodness pairs well with a fruit dessert like Strawberry shortcake.
Drier than most dessert wines, this Moscato is perfect for those looking for a light, refreshing wine with subtle sweetness. Mix it with fruit and seltzer for a crisp, semi-sweet cocktail.
This delicious 10-year cask aged Madeira blesses us from Portugal. Nutty, caramel, and fried fruit flavors make it the perfect pair for pecan pie or rich chocolate cake.
Blended from two- or three-years' harvests, Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Ruby Port has a rich plum aroma with cherry and dark chocolate notes. Enjoy it alone or with dark chocolate.
As the name suggests, this melony rosé is the perfect summer wine. Pair it with stone fruit or soft cheese.
Don’t knock canned wine till you try SHE CAN. This dry, slightly bubbly rosé has floral notes and a subtle raspberry flavor. The best part is its Insta-worthy flower can!