Dessert wines or straw wines are exceptional wines, sweet and easily accompanying every kind of desserts.

They have unforgettable scents and tastes, made with different techniques, differently from normal sparkling wines, that have some foam and can have less sweetness.

During this year, Italy will participate to many events in this sector and with new projects. Here some of the next events in program.

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75cl
6 units / carton

Angelo Negro Moscato D'Asti DOCG - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

50cl
12 units / carton

Argiolas Angialis Passito Isola dei Nuraghi IGT Cl. 50 - Pieces for BOX: 12.....

50cl
6 units / carton

Attems Picolit Passito Collio DOC Cl.50 - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

50cl
6 units / carton

Banfi FloruS Moscadello di Montalcino DOC Vendemmia Tardiva Cl. 50 - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

75cl
6 units / carton

Bera Brachetto Piemonte DOC - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

75cl
6 units / carton

Bera Moscato d’Asti DOCG - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

50cl
6 units / carton

Bolla Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG Cl. 50 - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

75cl
6 units / carton

Braida di Giacomo Bologna Vigna Senza Nome Moscato d'Asti DOCG - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

50cl
6 units / carton

Candido Aleatico Dolce Naturale Salice Salentino DOC Cl. 50 - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

50cl
6 units / carton

Candido Paule Calle Passito Salento IGT Cl. 50 - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

50cl
6 units / carton

Cantine Due Palme Cuoriarsi Aleatico Passito Salento IGT Cl. 50 - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

37cl
12 units / carton

Cantine Due Palme Selvaoro Fiano Passito Cl. 37,5 - Pieces for BOX: 12.....

50cl
6 units / carton

Ceretto Barolo Chinato DOCG Cl. 50 - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

75cl
6 units / carton

Ceretto I Vignaioli Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti DOCG Bio - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

50cl
6 units / carton

Cusumano Moscato dello Zucco Sicilia Bianco Passito IGT Cl. 50 - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

75cl
6 units / carton

Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria DOC - Pieces for BOX: 6.....

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For example, in Emilia Romagna, the Italian Sommelier Association in Romagna, along with the sections in Emilia and Marche from the same associations will host a new event ‘An Excellent Union – Life experiences in Romagna, Marche and Emilia’. It is a new project that will unify the wines from the three regions. The first event will be held March 5th.

There is also another collaboration in the air, in Trentino, with the deal between the Grappa Institute and the Consorzio Vini Trentino to promote the area and the quality of the local products. They are now officially linked with a partnership for the human resource management for the wine promotion of the territory.

There is also some good news from Liguria, where the town of Monterosso al Mare and the Port network Authorithy of the Eastern Ligure Sea have signed a memorandum of understanding, with the purpose of promoting and supporting the project Strada dei Vini delle Cinque Terre: a project that is supported by all the cities of Cinque Terre and that has Monterosso as the management chief. In the 2021 the administration of Monterosso, along with Vernazza and Riomaggiore, already have supported the initiative giving their legal aid, also for touristic itineraries.

 

Dessert wines: how to produce them

As stated before, dessert wines are sweeter, in confront of simple red wines, white ones or rosés. There are three main kinds:

  • Straw wines. They are obtained by drying grapes, simply left to dry or harvested later. The drying process increases the concentration of sugar and the chemical reactions inside the grape develop new aromatic substances with the typical aromas of raisin wines. These wines are typically fermented in casks and then aged in bottle for a long time. These wines often have an aroma of fruit, coconut, honey and jam. Usually, the grapes chosen for these wines are malvasia, muscat, zibibbo, chardonnay, fiano. Some examples of these sweet wines are: Moscato di Pantelleria, Piccolit del Friuli, Ramandolo, Vin Santo from Tuscany and others.
  • Botrytised wines: they are wines produced with moldy grapes. Mold must be bortitis cinerea and only in some specific areas, characterized by a humid climate in the morning and sunny in the afternoon. In these conditions, the mold induces the concentration of sugars in grapes and the chemical reactions that develop aromatic substances. Some of the most characteristic aromas are lime, apricot, quince, honey, orange peel.
  • Oxidized wines: they are wines obtained by exposing the must or wine to air during the wine making process. Exposure to oxygen can happen before, during or after fermentation. The aromas present in these wines are reminiscent of tobacco, chestnuts, nuts, cane sugar, fenugreek, leather,... Wines obtained this way are Marsala, Madeira, Tuscan Vin Santo, Sherry. Many of these wines have distillates added during the vinification process in order to increase alcohol by volume.

Best dessert wines

The three best dessert wines to accompany the moment after dinner are:

  1. Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria DOC has a golden color, an aroma of fruity notes and citrus fruits, typical of the Mediterranean. On the palate it tastes of fruit, honey and balsamic notes. At table it should be served with caramelized duck, blue cheese, foie gras, dry pastry and chocolate. It is excellent also to drink alone, it should be served at 14° C. The grapes are hand-picked, fermentation takes place in stainless steel barrels, then raisins are added. It is aged for 8 months in bottle.
  2. Bolla Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG Cl. 50 The Bolla winery in the Veneto region produces this very intense sweet ruby red wine with violet hues. On the palate it is full bodied and velvety with an aroma of cocoa and dried fruit. It can be served with desserts, dry desserts such as tarts and strudel, or it can be considered as a meditation wine. It is to be recommended with dry desserts such as tarts or even better with dark chocolate. It is made with Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, very sweet grapes, the fermentation is very slow, it lasts about one month. Maceration is cold.
  3. Giacomo Borgogno Barolo Chinato DOCG Vino Aromatizzato: it is produced in the area where Barolo wine originates, in the province of Cuneo. It shows a red color between amber and garnet. The scent is opened with chocolate and woody notes. To the palate it is warm and round, with a pleasing bitter-sweet persistence. Perfect to be matched with dry chocolate and dark chocolate desserts, it should be served at 13°C (61°F). It is produced by using as base wine the prestigious Barolo, to which are added alcohol and a characteristic infusion made of natural products such as roots, leaves, flowers, seeds and spices.

 

On the website www.italianwinelover.it you can also find wines such as white wines, sparkling wines and rosé wines, directly from the best Italian wine wholesalers online to supply your wine shop or your supermarket with fine and less fine wines, to accompany your customers in the right choice, with varieties from all over Italy.