White Dessert Wines

Also indexed as:Late Harvest Wine, Ice Wine, Fortified Wine, Noble Rot Wine
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A broad category of sweet wines produced from white varietals whose main function is to serve either as or with dessert. These are produced in many styles from a range of varietals around the world.

Flavor Descriptors

Flavors will depend on many factors although there are some general similarities. Lighter style examples often have floral apricot, ripe peach, and honeysuckle flavors with notes of orange peel, lemon curd, and mild spice. Richer or older examples can also offer notes of dried fruit, nuts, marmalade, and toffee.

Food Pairings

Although most of these are a dessert by themselves, there are some classic pairings.

Lighter style

Meringue, fruit salad, cookies, and tarts (apple, pear, or lemon).

Richer style

Fruit tarts, crème brulée, creamy blue cheeses, nuts, foie gras, and biscotti.

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