KMVT – CBS Affiliate – Twin Falls, Idaho – Brittany Cooper
Melone says anytime you see “late harvest” on a bottle of wine that means the wine will be on the sweeter side.
“What that means is they’ve let the grapes stay on the vine longer until they begin to rot which really concentrates the sugar. That’s what makes dessert wine sweeter than most.”
Melone suggests three dessert wines; Hogue Late Harvest Riesling, Confectioner’s Angel Cake Sweet Chardonnay and Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Late Harvest Chenin Blanc.
The Hogue Late Harvest Riesling is from Washington and pairs well with desserts and the appetizer canteloupe wrapped in prosciutto.
Confectioner’s Angel Cake Sweet Chardonnay is out of Washington as well and pairs well with a berry/kiwi fruit tart.
Finally the Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Late Harvest Chenin Blanc has floral flavors and aromas and pairs well with strawberries dipped in white chocolate.
Melone says most dessert wines have a lower alcohol content and are higher in calories than regular wine.