Category: Dessert Wine

Harvesting a Liquid Dessert

A review of the Hafner Gruner Veltliner Icewine 2002 and the story of the "Hot Toddy," a classic curative cocktail.
There are times when you need to have something sweet. Cookies, cake, ice cream and even fruit usually quench that craving. But for a less caloric and often more interesting alternative, consider a late-harvest wine.

Wines Celebrate The Spirit Of St. Valentine

Some suggestions for Valentine's Day wines including Cremant d'Alsace, Pedro Ximenez and several whose names reflect romance.
Many centuries ago, Euripides noted the intimate relationship between wine and passion: "Where there is no wine, there is no love." The ancient Greek playwright undoubtedly was alluding to the aphrodisiacal qualities of wine's myriad flavors. The choices

French Impression: The Wines of Philip Togni

The wines of Napa's legendary Philip Togni.
It is likely that you have never heard of Philip Togni. Yet he is responsible for some of the world's most exquisitely flavored and beautifully structured wines since he began working in California over 50 years ago. And Togni (pronounced Tonne-yee) is still at it, working alongside his

Even More Dessert Wines To Please Your Palate

Part 2 of a look at dessert wines including Tokaji, Quady Essensia, Niagara Peninsula Ice Wines and Tawny Ports.
Last week, I wrote about the legendary dessert wines from the Sauternes region of Bordeaux, France and the traditional off-dry Moscato d'Asti wines of Italy. But wine growing regions around the world have created unique methods

How Sweet It Is: Dessert Wines – Part 1

Part 1 of a look at dessert wines including Sauternes and Moscato d'Asti.
Americans have a notorious sweet tooth. We crave doughnuts, candy bars and nearly every conceivable flavor of ice cream. So it's surprising we have pretty much ignored dessert wines. These sweet wines have a higher residual sugar after fermentation than "dry" wines.

Winning Wines From Maryland Well Worth Exploring

A look at some award-winning wines from Maryland.
Wine is now being produced in all 50 states, even in Alaska where some daring souls in Homer, Kodiak and Anchorage are using fruit and purchased grape concentrate to create them. Often starting with meager resources, as well as ample enthusiasm, winemakers located in lesser-known wine-producing areas

With Wines, Old Is New Again

The pleasures of older wines.
I prefer “Chinatown” to the “The DaVinci Code,” “On The Waterfront” over “Gladiator” and will drop everything to watch “Casablanca.” Angelina Jolie certainly has her attributes but Ingrid Bergman has a vulnerable sadness. Older movies have a captivating elegance and

Local Wineries Deserve More Respect

A look at some Maryland wineries.
Many regionally produced wines are as good as their West Coast cousins, although consumers often overlook them. With wine being made in all 50 states, it is fitting that attention be paid to the accomplishments of these small wineries.

Four Cups, Four Wines – Why Not?

Some suggestions for Passover wines.
The four cups of wine served at Pesach gives each guest the opportunity to expand their wine horizons. The significant increases in quality kosher wine producers around the globe and their willingness to try different varietals have enhanced the choices available for this year’s sedarim. This improvement is most readily