Wines that have sugar in them and tastes sweet are called sweet wines. Sweet wines are prepared from different types of grapes from different methods and are found in different regions. One type of sweet wine is Sweet Red Wine.
Sweet red wine is found in many wine producing countries of the world. These wines are served after dinner as dessert. They can be also paired with cheeses like Port and Stilton. Different types of sweet red wine are discussed below.
• Fortified wines:
When grapes are fermented close to dryness, there is no sugar in them. If you halt the fermentation of sugar, it retains some of its sugar from the grapes and remains sweet. Examples of fortified wines include Sherry and Madeira. One of the most popular and famous fortified red wine is Port, discussed below.
Port is a famous sweet red wine. It is rich, thick and sweet and has higher degree of alcohol. It is paired with chocolate and for fireside sipping. It is largely produced in thr Douro river valley in Portugal. The fermentation of the red grapes id stopped in between by fortifying it with alcohol. It is also produced in Australia and California.
Banyuls is found in small region to the south France known as Banyuls.It is another type of fortified red wine. Other less known regions like Maury also produce this type of wine. The method of producing the wine is same as in the case of Port. However, different types of grapes are used with different type of alcohol to halt fermentation.
• Late Harvest Wines
Sweet red wine like Late Harvest Wine are made without fortification. If grapes are ripen for a long period and harvested late, after maturity level the yeast could not ferment complete because of the higher sugar levels. The late harvest wines are not fortified and are sweet because of the sugar in the grapes. They are largely produced in California.
The normal sweetness level of a person is limited to pastries, coke, chocolate, and ice creams. Sweet red wine is popular among new wine drinkers and are famous for their health benefits and for their non-sweet and tannic flavors.The color of the red wine comes from red grape skin.The color is also light because it comes from the skin of the grape.
According to the experts, 125 ml of sweet wine daily keeps you in a good mood and health. It reduces the risk of heart disease and boosts your HDL level. Most of the sweet red wines are consumed as desserts after non-vegetarian meal. They taste very good even with spicy a Thai meals.
So the next time in future if you are organizing dinner try to arrange for sweet red wine for your guest. Moreover, remember half a bottle of red wine serves 12 pegs.