Don't Fear Sweet Wines

US makes some terrific examples
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2009 1:37 PM CDT
Americans should get over their fear of sweet wines.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – Americans shy away from sweet wines, and it's a shame, write Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher in their Wall Street Journal column. Times have changed, and some fine US bottles are out there. Some of their favorites:

  • Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard Bunch Select Late Harvest Riesling 2006:  "Clean, fresh, and tangy," with a light texture and rich taste. $50.
  • Bonny Doon Vineyard 'Le Vol Des Anges' 2007 (Beeswax Vineyard, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County): Earthy and complex, with "great balance" and a bite at the end. $30.

  • Rancho de Oro Puro Vineyards Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon 2005 (Napa Valley). "Simply luscious, with ripe peaches and an almost sinful mouthfeel." $35.
  • Raymond Vineyard & Cellar 'Eloquence' Late Harvest Chardonnay 2005 (Napa-Monterey). "Tastes like sweet, golden raisins." $40.
  • Dashe Cellars Late Harvest Zinfandel 2007 (Dry Creek Valley). "Great fruit, fine acidity, ripe without being overly sweet, and totally winning." $25.