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Dessert Wines. Serving recommendations

Today we will talk about how to choose the perfect wine for desserts, why you should consider and what you should avoid at all costs. Each example will be accompanied by our recommendations so that the choice of wine is as easy as possible.


What are the wines for dessert?

In the broadest sense of the word, dessert wine is any wine that is enjoyed during or after serving dessert. Specifically, dessert wine is usually sweet, with a pronounced aroma and a higher alcohol content.


For example, Porto, Madeira, Sherry and late harvest wines are traditional dessert wines with more than 15% alcohol. But we can also find dessert wines with a lower alcohol content, such as Muscadet, Moscato d'Asti and Brachetto d'Acqui which have a concentration below 10%.


Wine as dessert


As is easy to understand, dessert wines are present on the market in a wide variety. They range from red wines to table wines and can be sweeter or less sweet. These wines, very pleasant in taste, can be enjoyed with dessert or as a dessert itself.


It should also be noted that dessert wines are meant to be served in small glasses of wine, as you would when enjoying a whiskey or bourbon.


Serving & Associating


In general, the wine should be sweeter than the food it is served with. For example, perfectly ripe peaches have been described as the ideal combination for many dessert wines.


Although the combination of wine and chocolate has long been considered a culinary mistake, in recent years sommeliers and chocolate makers have contradicted this statement. Red dessert wines such as Recioto Della Valpolicella and fortified wines such as Doux Naturel Muscats pair well with such desserts.


Pastries can go very well with white, cool or young red wines


But don't forget that wine itself can be a dessert in itself.


White dessert wines are usually served a little cold. Red dessert wines are served at room temperature or lightly chilled.


When reading wine labels, pay attention to the following terms:

  • Dolce
  • Doux
  • Sweet

On the other hand, if you don't want a sugar bomb in your glass, opt for wines that only have a low sweet note. These are generally semi-dry wines.


Examples of wines for dessert

Here are some examples of dessert wines and what to combine to fully enjoy their taste.

Emilio Valerio Aintzioa

It is a white, sweet, organic wine made from grapes from the La Merced region, in Spain. It has floral notes and a musk scent. It is ideal for cakes and pies with seasonal fruits or berries.

Dolç de Neu Organic 2020

It is a sweet white wine from Catalonia, Spain. It is unique for its mixture of aromas of peach, pear and white flowers. It is an ideal white wine for citrus desserts such as tart or lemon biscuits.

Alta Alella Dolç Mataró

From the same winery, we recommend this red, sweet and organic wine. This wine is distinguished by the aromas of candied fruit, cherries, blackberries and figs, which naturally makes it the ideal accompaniment to chocolate desserts and berries.


Thanks to its superb notes of flowers and lychees, this delicious white wine goes perfectly with any dessert in which lychee, pears or peaches are one of the main ingredients.


Try serving it with ripe pears, grilled peaches, fruit pies, and nut desserts such as biscotti.


Here we end our wine recommendations. We hope that now, in the end, you feel more prepared to choose the right wine for your guests.

Don't forget that you can find all the recommended wines here and many more, in our store.

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See you next time, wine lovers, 

Dis&Dis team

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