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Pasetti Passito D Abruzzo Gesmino 2012 Pasetti Gesmino Passito D Abruzzo 500ML

Producer: Pasetti
500ml
Vintage: 2012
Region: Abruzzo
Varietal: Moscato di Castiglione (100%)
Color: White

Our Price: $42.99
Contesa Shirin Passito Rosso 2005 Contesa Shirin Passito Rosso (500ml)

Producer: Contesa
Vintage: 2005
Region: Abruzzo
Varietal: Montepulciano D Abruzzo (85%), Malvasia (15%)
Color: Red

Our Price: $27.99
Corte Rugolin Recioto Della Valpolicella 2005 Corte Rugolin Recioto Della Valpolicella DOC (500ml)

Producer: Corte Rugolin
Vintage: 2005
Region: Veneto
Sub-Region: Valpolicella
Varietal: Corvina (40%), Corvinone (20%), Rondinella (20%), and other native grapes
Color: Red

Our Price: $42.99
Bel Colle Barolo Chinato Vino Aromatizzato Bel Colle Barolo Chinato Vino Aromatizzato 500ML

Producer: Bel Colle
500ML
Vintage: NV
Region: Piemonte
Sub-Region: Barolo DOCG
Varietal: Nebbiolo (100%) plus spices
Color: Red

Our Price: $46.99
Cantina Convento Muri Gries Moscato Rosa 2009 Cantina Convento Muri Gries Moscato Rosa (375ml)

Producer: Cantina Convento Muri Gries
Vintage: 2009
Region: Alto Adige DOC
Varietal: Rosenmuskateller (100%)
Color: Red

Our Price: $32.99
Verbena Vin Santo 2003 Verbena Vin Santo (500ml)

Producer: Verbena
Vintage: 2003
Region: Toscana
Sub-Region: Sant Antimo DOC
Color: light straw yellow
Varietals: Malvasia and Trebbiano

Our Price: $69.99
Traversa Giuseppe Moscato D Asti Ca nova 2015 Traversa Giuseppe Moscato D Asti Ca nova

Producer: Traversa
Vintage: 2012
Region: Piemonte
Sub-Region: Moscato D Asti DOCG
Varietal: Moscato
Color: White

Our Price: $22.99

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Feudo Di San Maurizio Pierrots (375ml) Feudo Di San Maurizio Pierrots (375ml)

Producer: Feudo Di San Maurizio
Vintage: 2005
Region: Val DAosta DOC
Varietal: Petit Rouge (70%), Fumin (30%)
Color: sweet red wine

Our Price: $39.99
Contini Antico Gregori 2005 Contini Antico Gregori Vernaccia di Oristano DOC

Producer: Contini
Region: Sardegna
Sub-Region: Vernaccia di Oristano 2005 DOC
Varietal: Vernaccia (100%)

Our Price: $69.99
2010 Villa Pillo Vin Santo del Chianti (375ml) 2010 Villa Pillo Vin Santo del Chianti (375ml)

Producer: Villa Pillo
Vintage: 2010
Region: Toscana
Sub-Region: Vin Santo Del Chianti
Varietal: Trebbiano (80%) Malvasia (20%)

Our Price: $25.99

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2007 Passito Sagrantino DOCG Adanti 2007 Passito Sagrantino DOCG Adanti 500ML

Producer: Adanti
Vintage: 2007
Region: Umbria
Sub-Region: Montefalco
Varietal: Sagrantino
Color: Red

Our Price: $29.99

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2015 Traversa Giuseppe Brachetto Doc 2015 Traversa Giuseppe Brachetto Doc

Producer: Traversa
Vintage: 2015
Region: Piemonte
Sub-Region: Brachetto DOC
Varietal: Brachetto
Color: Red

Our Price: $16.99
   
 

Sweet Dessert Wines

Sweet wines may be easy to drink, but they can be quite complicated to make. Winemakers must pull sugar out of the grapes. Simply adding sugar to the fermentation process isn’t acceptable for most quality sweet wines.

There are several ways to draw the most sugar possible out of the grapes. One common method is to let the grapes over-ripen on the vine before picking them, which cuts the fermentation process short. Another method used in the making of prestigious sweet wines from the old world is Botrytis. Botrytis is a fungus that concentrates the sugars on healthy grapes, however it lowers mass, which means this method requires a lot more grapes to make a glass. Drying grapes out to concentrate their sugars is one of the oldest methods used to make sweet wines, dating as far back as ancient Greece.

Sweet Red Wines

Red sweet wines have gained popularity over recent years and are quickly starting to take attention away from the better-known, lighter dessert wines like muscats, rieslings and white zins that are familiar amongst occasional wine drinkers.

Some use sweet red wines as a bridge to help their palate to graduate from white wine to drier red wines. Port is a commonly known sweet wine, however this thick wine can be quite intense and filling with high levels of alcohol. A rule of thumb is the lower the alcohol content the sweeter a red wine will be. Italy is at the forefront of red sweet wines, offering a wide selection from regions all over the country.

Italian Sweet Wines

Italian sweet wines come in a variety of styles. They can be sparkling wines, crisp white wines or thick, syrupy red wines. Grapes commonly used to craft Italian sweet wines include:

  • Sagrantino
  • Rosenmuskateller
  • Malvasia
  • Vernaccia

Of all the types of sweet wine available today, Italy’s Lambrusco style sparkling wine is among the most famous and well-received.

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