A couple of our Foodbuzz friends mentioned they enjoy sweet red wines. They’ve been drinking the same one or two sweet reds for a while and wanted to know if there were other sweet reds they could try.
This is a request that is often made and can be a bit of a challenge since most red table/dinner wines are dry.
Let’s be fair though, there are many wine drinkers who do not like the tartness of the acidity and the bitterness of the tannins in dry red wines and would rather have a sweet drink with a meal. If kids can drink soda pop with lunch, why can’t we too have a sweet drink with our meal?
I listed below a few wines that might be interesting enough to give a try. These are not expensive, complex wines but they are fresh and fruity and fun to drink. You might be surprised.
Rhine Street Red from Arbor Hills Winery, Finger Lakes, NY — (Winemaker’s Notes) A sweet red wine made late in the season. It is made from mostly the Concord grape and blended with other red varieties. This is an anytime wine! It’s great for your heart too! If you don’t like dry red wines you have to give this sweet red a try. It is easy to drink and is good for you.
Arbor Hill Winery is located in the western edge of the Finger Lakes region along the Canandaigua Wine Trail in New York State.
Pindar Sweet Scarlet, Pindar Vineyards, NY (approx. $10) A sweet red wine to please anyone looking for an easy to enjoy, fresh fruity red wine. Great with burgers, pizza and pasta with marinara sauce; or even try it with spicy foods.
Pindar Vineyards is located in the Long Island Wine Region of New York. They are the largest winery on Long Island and have won many gold, bronze and silver medals for their wines.
La Sera Red Malvasia di Casorzo (approx. $11) This is a fragrant and fruity, sweet wine with fresh grape and strawberry flavors and a zesty frizzante or fizz. It is low in alcohol (5.5%) and best served slightly chilled. Enjoy as an aperitif, or with spicy barbeque or Asian style dishes. It is also excellent with rich chocolate cake or a fruity sorbet.
Adesso Cagnina Di Romagna 2008 (approx. $11) — This low in alcohol, “off-dry” wine is a pleasantly sweet red wine with berry aromas and flavors. This easy drinking red wine is perfect for those who prefer their wines sweet.
Sweet Wines Food Pairing
Now that we have a few sweet red wines to try, it may not be all that difficult to find something delicious to pair with it.
With the lower alcohol levels and the residual sugar you may find one of these wines to be a great pairing for some of the spicy foods you enjoy.
FOOD/WINE PAIRING TIP: Keep in mind that the heat from the spices can make dry, high alcohol wines taste hotter, and highly tannic red wines taste bitter. Also, though we love the sparkly, fizziness in sparkling wines, it should be well noted that they may refresh the palate though only briefly but will make the heat from the spiciness return.
So why not give a sweet red wine a try and let our Foodbuzz friends know what you liked or did not like about the wine you tried.