Elevate your senses at dinner parties by finishing them off with impressive port, dessert and ice wine styles. We’ll refer to all of these as dessert wines which can be served as your dessert or as an accompaniment. Serve your white dessert wines chilled or cold and your red dessert wines at room temperature or slightly chilled.
Ports are meant to be fortifed with a distilled spirit like brandy which means it will be higher in alcohol. Adding alcohol earlier in the fermentation process will result in a sweeter wine. If you add it shortly before or after the end of fermentation, it will be drier. Port style wines also benefit from adding extra oak.
Dessert wines are sweet and are usually served with something less sweet like fresh or poached fruits, cheeses or almond biscuits. Some also pair well with sweet desserts or as part of the recipe. For example, vanilla bean ice cream topped with Raspberry Mocha.
Ice wine style wines are also sweet and should be served cold. They’re a perfect match for fruit-driven desserts, cheesecake, ice cream and also soft mild or pungent cheeses.
Plan ahead and make your next DIY craft winemaking experience focused on gift-giving. Make dessert wines for Christmas gifts, customer appreciation gifts or wedding favours. Some selections are subject to seasonal availability.
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