We enjoy finishing a nice dinner with a small amount of sweet desert wine. Dessert wines can be made from grapes that are naturally high in sugar or grapes that are late harvested to achieve maximum sugar. Then, the fermentation process is cut short, so all of the sugar is not turned into alcohol. Dessert wine can be made from many different grapes, both white and red. We want to highlight three types of dessert wines that we enjoy. They are Moscato, Sauternes and Port. Moscato is a white grape that is naturally high in sugar. The wine made from these grapes is aged in stainless steel. The semi sweet wine has aromas and flavors of pears, peaches and tropical fruit. The alcohol content is low and this is a pleasant finish to a meal of seafood or poultry. Terrific Moscato comes from Italy as well as California. Bartenura Moscato from Italy is a top seller and we bought this bottle for $11.99 at Total Wine. Sauternes is an exceptional dessert wine from Bordeaux France.
Today, March 18, 2021, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman University will interact with its members by Zoom in a live version of the OlliLife newsletter. For the past few years, we have posted a short wine blog in the newsletter and during the past year we have participated in the live zoom versions. Today, Wine Jane and I will discuss some world regions with excellent values in wine. Todays presentation will also be available for viewing next week on the Olli @Furman YouTube channel. The three recommended wines mentioned on todays "OlliLife Live" are: Parcelica Grande 2018 Yecla Spain 70% Monastrell, 15% Granacha, 15% Merlot $11.99 Total Wine Phebus Torrontes 2020 Mendozza Argentina $10.99 Total Wine Famiglia Castellani Chianti Classico Reserva 2015 Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy Red Blend $13.99 Costco