Bogey's Guide to Wine: Top 5 Sweet Wines
Wine is wonderful. It can range from “bone dry” to unbelievably sweet and everything in between, each and every flavor a mystery to be solved and discovered. Though many people look at sweet wines disparagingly, they also account for a large share of the market and some are absolutely outstanding! Here’s my list of the Top 5 Sweet Wines!
#5: Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Tawny Port I love a good port wine! In this case, I’ll let the people over at Wine Advocate sum this one up - they gave it 93 points after all! “It is my opinion that Taylor's tawny ports are the best of their type. When tasted against other tawnys, [Taylor’s] exhibit more aromatic personalities, greater fruit and ripeness, and a wonderful sweetness and length. The Ten Year Old Tawny is a personal favorite, as well as the best bargain among these ports.”
#4: Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry As one of the United State’s only Certified Sherry Wine Specialists, there are few things I love more than talking about the beauty of a Sherry. A classic for over 220 years (!), Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry has a beautiful chestnut nose which carries over to the palate, redolent of so many other sherries. A blend of 80% Palomino and 20% Pedro Ximenez, Harveys Bristol Cream is rich, sweet, and so easy to drink.
#3: Michele Chiarlo ‘Nivole’ Moscato D’Asti The first Moscato I ever had, and one that has me coming back for more every time! White peach, apricot, purple flowers, white flowers, and just the hint of fresh bubbles… this is one I will love forever more.
#2: Colli Piacentini ‘Venus’ Malvasia Dolce Made from Malvasia, a grape not often made sweet, Colli Piacentini’s Venus is special for its beautiful sparkling quality. Hailing from Emilie-Romagne in Italy, there’s a beautiful balance between acid and sweet, with sweet wining over on the palate.
#1: Symphonie de Haut-Peyraguey ‘100’ Sauternes One of my all time favorite sweet wines, Sauternes tastes like candied apricot. Called “liquid gold” thanks to its color and high viscosity, Sauternes gets better with each passing year. Though this particular Sauternes is inexpensive, bottles of Sauternes can go for hundreds of dollars a bottle. One of the most expensive and highly-sought after sweet wines in the world is a Sauternes from Chateau d’Yquem. If you ever have a chance to try it, take the chance. And in the meantime, buy less expensive Sauternes to see how it ages magnificently!