Dessert, Ice Wine and Ports

Dessert Wines

There are different definitions for dessert wines but generally speaking a dessert wine is one that is sweet, full of flavor, thicker, richer and slightly more potent than a dinner or table wine. The grapes are picked late in the harvest to preserve residual sugars.

Dessert wines usually come in small bottles and are served in tiny glasses; an average serving is 2 ounces. White dessert wines are generally served chilled, while red dessert wine are served at room temperature or only slightly chilled. Dessert wines are especially good with fresh bakery sweets and fruits. As a general rule, a dessert wine should always be sweeter than the dessert with which it is served.

Ice Wines

Ice wines are wines made from the grapes picked on the vine when iced over; frozen on the vine. These wines tend to be very sweet and pour like syrup, and are sometimes known as “liquid gold” because of their color and cost. The grape varieties that are most often used in this wine include Vidal and Riesling.

The signature of great Ice wine is the balancing between sweetness and acidity. Its flavors are generally compared to light-flesh fruits, including pear, peach, apple and tropical fruits, and sometimes to hazelnuts. Good pairings for ice wine include the fruits listed above as well as fruity desserts made from the same, such as a warm pear crisp. Ice wines are also suggested to be paired with nutty and caramel-flavoured desserts.

Ports

Port can be made from any grape, but historically comes from varieties from Spain and Portugal. There are several varieties of ports: white port wine, ruby and tawny

All ports go nicely with fruity desserts (including pumpkin pie and cobblers) and rich, creamy desserts (such as cheesecake and crème brûlée). Tawny ports, because of their nutty flavour and smooth texture, pair well with milk chocolate, while vintage ports pair well with dark chocolate.

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Dessert, Ice Wine and Ports
Available Year Round!

Dessert Flavour

Brand

Supplier

Vidal Ice Wine Style

Cru Specialty

RJS

Cab Franc Ice Wine Style

Cru Specialty

RJS

Porto

Mosti Mondiale

MM

Port

Selection Speciale

Winexpert

Cream Apera (Sherry)

Selection Speciale

Winexpert

Dry Apera (Sherry)

Selection Speciale

Winexpert

Riesling Ice Wine Style

Cru Specialty

RJS

Limited Editions

Dessert Flavour

Brand

Supplier

Black Forest Dessert Wine

Cru Specialty Restrict

RJS

Blackberry Dessert Wine

Selection Speciale

Winexpert

Chocolate Hazelnut Port

Cellar Craft Specialty

Vineco

Chocolate Orange Port

Selection Speciale

Winexpert

Chocolate Port

Cellar Craft Specialty

Vineco

Chocolate Raspberry Port

Apres

Vineco

Coffee Dessert Wine

Cru Specialty Restrict

RJS

Creme Brulee Dessert Wine

Cru Specialty Restrict

RJS

Raspberry Mocha Dessert Wine

Cru Specialty Restrict

RJS

Toasted Caramel Dessert

Cru Specialty Restrict

RJS

Vanilla Fig Dessert Wine

Cru Specialty Restrict

RJS

A half batch of dessert wine makes 11.5 liters

(31 - 375ml bottles)

A full batch of dessert wine makes 23 liters

(62 - 375ml bottles)​

Updated September 2018