Sweet Wines Are All The Rage

Some of the fastest-growing segments in the wine world today aren’t the “classic” red wines with pedigree and history. no, these wines are all about flavor – sweet flavor.

So what do you get when you cross riesling and 7-Up? You get Moscato. this is one of my wife’s favorite wines, and it is one with a huge following that is growing. Moscato is made most famously in the area of Asti in Piemonte, italy. it is made sweet because of the halting of the fermentation process. this leaves some sugar in the finished wine. it is bottled under pressure, and when you first pour a glass, there is a nice spritz, what italians call frizzante. (it sounds so much better in italian.) because the wine does not finish fermenting, it is also low in alcohol. it ranges anywhere from 5 percent to 7 percent by volume, which is half that of a typical sauvignon blanc or Chardonnay. it is generally inexpensive, making it quite accessible. Moscato is a hugely aromatic grape that smells of white flowers, peaches, pears, lychee and grapes. With its sparkle and sweetness, it is just plain fun to drink.

So what do you get when you cross fine Dutch chocolate with Cabernet wine? Let me introduce you to Chocovine. Drinkers have been trying to pair chocolate with wine since as long as anyone can remember. this wine brings both in one bottle. it’s made in Holland, 14 percent alcohol, costs about $10 and is decadently sweet and rich, almost like an adult version of chocolate milk. And it’s been hugely successful across the U.S.