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4 Amazing Facts About Dessert Wines

Jul 8, 2008
If you want to damage your sweet tooth right after every meal, you can opt to enjoy the whole meal and end it with a delectable dessert wine.

Dessert wines are wines that are normally served after the meals with the dessert. Although this category of wine can be drink on its own without the sugary desserts.

For more tips about dessert wines, below are some facts about these extremely sweet wines:

1. Dessert wines are mainly produced from special fruits that were left to ripen on the vine. The reason for this is to make the flavor stronger. The kinds of fruits used in making dessert wines are the ones that define the overall taste or flavor of the wine.

2. In the United States, dessert wines generally contains 14% alcohol, though, it may contain than 14%.

During the ancient times, dessert wines were primarily used as table wines. Hence, ancient dessert wines has only 12.5% alcohol content in them or less. The alcohol content in them is so mild that you can almost single-handedly drink it as a substitute for water or beverages during the meal.

3. The more ripened the fruit is, the more alcohol is generated when produced into dessert wine. Majority of these wines are classified as unfortified and dry wine or those wines that don't have spirits in them like brandy. The inclusion of spirits during the fermentation of the wine is the process of fortifying the wine.

At the early stage of fermentation, adding spirits will result to sweeter wine. Nonetheless, the alcohol content in it will be raised to between 15% to 20% upon the swift concoction of alcohol.

However, there are unfortified wines that can still reach up to 15% alcohol content. These kinds of wines, like the Zinfandels, are charged with higher tax rates.

4. Not every dessert wines are alcoholic beverages. Many dessert wines contain lower amount of alcohol content. Most of these non-alcoholics or with low alcohol content wines are those from Germany. These types of dessert wines contain the slightest amount of alcohol or only goes to as much as 8%.

5.Chaptalization: Honey was added to wine in Roman times, for sweetness and to increase the final strength of the wine. Perhaps surprisingly, today sugar is usually added to boost the alcohol levels of flabby, unripe wines rather than for sweetness, although a degree of chaptalization is permitted in the wines of many countries. German wines must declare whether they are natural or not, in any case chaptalization is banned from the top tiers of German wines.

Given all these facts, dessert wines aren't just wines suited for desserts, as its name suggests. With their remarkable features, the possibilities of enjoying dessert wines are definitely endless.
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