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Know your Pinot from your Merlot and learn the proper way to open, pour, taste, and appreciate wine with this video series.
You Will Need
- A variety of desserts
- A supply of dessert wines
Know your dessert wines
Learn the different types of dessert wines, including fortified wines, such as port and sherry, and late harvest wines, made from mature, sweet grapes.
Choose a dessert
Decide what to serve for dessert and choose a wine to complement it. Cake or cookies, fruit and cheese, and chocolate are good choices.
Drink port with hearty desserts
Serve port, a red wine fortified with brandy, with rich desserts. Pair lighter ruby ports with fruit pies, tawny ports with milk chocolate, and vintage ports with dark chocolate.
Drink Muscat wine with fruit. Muscat grapes produce a sweet, light, fruity wine.
Indulge in a bottle of Sauternes, a wine made from grapes infected by "noble rot," a fungus that concentrates their sugars. Serve with fruit and Roquefort cheese.
Serve very sweet dessert wines, such as ice wine or German Ausele, on their own. These are a dessert in themselves!