Dessert Wine

Red Wine Sangria 101

Red Wine Sangria 101

When you think of red wine, odds are you think of a dry wine automatically.  The vast majority of red wines are indeed dry, but there are a few types of sweet red wine.  There are also mixed drinks which are sweet and include red wine as part of the recipe.  One such sweet beverage is sangria.  Sangria is a drink which comes from Spain and Portugal and traditionally includes red wine (though white... »

An Introduction to Red Wines

An Introduction to Red Wines

When you walk into a restaurant and look at the wine list, you will usually find the wines grouped into two main categories: red and white.  Red wine is obviously named for its color.  Red wines are red; white wines are white or close to it.  Red wines may range in color from almost black to a maroon color with a trace of violet to a true red.  What gives red wines their distinctive hues?  The col... »

Types of Sweet White Wine:  Champagne

Types of Sweet White Wine: Champagne

Many people recall their very first taste of wine as having been Champagne; Champagne is incorporated into many celebrations and rites of passage; in some ways, drinking Champagne is itself a coming-of-age tradition.  Around the turn of the 20th century, Champagne producers launched a successful marketing campaign which associated this sparkling beverage with royalty and aristocracy.  Today it ret... »

Types of Sweet White Wine:  Fortified Wine

Types of Sweet White Wine: Fortified Wine

Fortified wine is any wine to which brandy spirits (or similar distilled beverages) have been added during fermentation.  Fortified wines include port, sherry, Marsala, Madeira wine, vermouth, and Commandaria wine.  The resulting wine may be sweet or dry, red or white.  Since distilled beverages contain ethanol, they were originally added to wine to preserve it.  As it turns out though, fortifying... »

An Introduction to Sweet White Wine

An Introduction to Sweet White Wine

Few beverages have such a great historical tradition behind them and such classy modern associations as wine.  If you’re just getting into drinking wine, you’ll quickly discover that sweet white wine is one of the most common types and also one of the most accessible for beginners.  Sweet white wine is actually a whole category of wines; these include ice wines, Moscato wines, Sauternes, Tokay, la... »

Learn Wine: Sauternes

Learn Wine: Sauternes

One type of sweet white dessert wine which you will become familiar with as you sample white wines is Sauternes.  Sauternes is a richly flavorful French wine which is made in the Sauternais region of the Graves section in Bordeaux.  It is characterized by a sweet yet zesty flavor which retains some acidity.  Many people say that they detect notes of honey and apricots.  Like several other types of... »