Sweet Wines for Adult
Concord. For years, these were the only sweet wines on the market.
And for many of us these thick, heavy, red wines conjure up
delightful childhood memories of Holiday and Sabbath meals.
But these wines were supposed to be for kids and for kiddush,
adults were supposed to have more sophisticated palates. Times
marketplace for sweet wines has undergone a small revolution.
Sweet is no longer synonymous with thick and heavy. And more
surprisingly, the best of these new sweet wines to hit the market
- are quality white wines.
are in a genre to themselves. Unlike Cabernets, they are not
dry. They are not fruity as are Reislings nor are they oakey
like Chardonnay. And unlike the sweet wines of yesteryear they
are not cloyingly sweet and not sticky. Most of these wines
fall into the category of dessert wines, but don't let that
put you off. If you like the taste, these wines can be enjoyed
with everything from appetizers, especially pates and smoked
fish and of course for dessert.
these wines different from other wines? Today's sweet wines
are higher in alcohol than the average wine, they come in smaller
sized bottles (500 ml and even 375 ml), are for the most part
moderately priced. The wines are produced by most Israeli vineyards.
The secret to these wines is that most of them are brandy-fortified.
The influence of the brandy is felt in taste and texture, the
wines just seem to roll off your tongue.
to best enhance the flavor of today's sweet white wines is to
serve them well chilled and in tall, slender smaller wine glasses.
Like all good wines, the longer the wine is allowed to breathe,
the better the taste. Sweet white wines come in a variety of
shades, from pale and almost translucent to deeper shades of
honey and amber. The darker the wine the older. The colors serve
as an attractive addition to the table.
families, tradition dictates that sweet wine be served at the
Pesach Seder. These new sweet Israeli wines will certainly make
this year's Seder different from all others.