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Old 11-18-2014, 08:55 PM   #1
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Best Sweet Wines?

Which sweet wines do you all prefer?

I have a soft spot for white wines, but I I enjoy a nice glass of red wine on occasion. Recently, I've been interested in Riesling, so if you have a favorite brand I'd love to hear them.

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Old 11-18-2014, 10:54 PM   #2
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Riesling is my favorite.
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:00 AM   #3
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If you want to try different sweet wines, I suggest a French Sauterne and German Eiswein.
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For the most part, I don't drink a lot of sweet table wines. Not because I don't like sweetness, but rather because the sugar is often added to cover up a mediocre product, and I think some almost border on Kool-Aid levels of sweetness.

Be that as it may, if you like Riesling you may want to try some German Rieslings. In Germany, the sweeter wines tend to be the most expensive. The reason for this is that the grapes are left on the vines longer, which exposes them to the risk of being destroyed by pests, bad weather, crop diseases, etc. If you're looking for a semi-sweet wine, then the style you want to seek out is Kabinett or Kabinettwein. Spätlese (late harvest) is the next step up on the scale.

If you want to stay with domestic wines, most under-$20 Moscato, Riesling, and Gewürztraminers will usually be somewhat sweet.

The wines that Craig mentions above are dessert wines, which is a completely different class of wine that includes Port, Sauternes, Ice Wine (or Eiswein), Vin Santo, domestic Late Harvest wines, etc. True to the name, they are often served in place of (or in addition to) dessert. You probably wouldn't want to drink one of these with, say, a steak. But they are delicious on their own.
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Late season riesling is awesome.
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:00 AM   #6
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If you want to try different sweet wines, I suggest a French Sauterne and German Eiswein.
Where can I find a French Sauterne or German Eiswein for sale? Would I have to go to an online site, or would a local liqueur store do? Perhaps a store that specializes in wine?

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Late season riesling is awesome.
How can I tell if a Riesling is harvested during the late season?
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You might try an upscale wine store. Do you have a Total Wines and More where you live? Also if you are into bubbly wines, try Moscato d'Asti.

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Pardon my ignorance but isn't riesling dry and sour, sort of?
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Where can I find a French Sauterne or German Eiswein for sale? Would I have to go to an online site, or would a local liqueur store do? Perhaps a store that specializes in wine?
Most liquor stores with a decent wine selection will have at least a few of these in stock. If you are in North Dartmouth, MA, I would be willing to bet these guys have what you want:
Cardoza's Wine & Spirits

You might also check with a local winery, such as Running Brook. According to their website, they have a number of sweeter type wines. The advantage to going someplace local is that you can try before you buy:
Running Brook Vineyard

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How can I tell if a Riesling is harvested during the late season?
It will say "Late Harvest" on the label.
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Riesling, Presidential Port, Gamay Rouge
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