Posts Tagged ‘Chateau Guiraud’
After 23 days, how could I possibly resist not having any dessert? After all, it is the best part of the meal! Right!? As in any fine establishment, you can choose between having something light or something that’s a bit more decadent to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here are a few after-dinner nightcaps that take the cake, or even replace it!
- If you’re one that enjoys the lighter side after dinner, full of healthy fresh fruits – then you can’t go wrong with the Dr. Konstantin Frank 2008 Bunch Select Late Harvest, Riesling from New York’s Finger Lakes (Sample, MSRP: $69.99/375 ml).It oozes in sweet golden raisins, tangy pineapple and ultra-ripe apple flavors. It’s pretty sensational, whether you want just a little or a whole lot!
- How about an elegant sweet wine from the western region of France? If the sound of crème brûlée whets your appetite, then a Sauterne swimming in creamy vanilla, dried apricot, peach and pineapple just might be calling your name. Mark, Mark, Mark…look over here. Well look at that, it’s true – a 2005 Chateau Guiraud Sauterne ($69.99, half bottle) is calling for me right now! Gotta run!
- How about a unique treat that’ll have you sailing away to the Greek island of Santorini? A super rich and seductive Greek dessert wine, called Vinsanto, comprised of hard to pronounce Greek grapes like Assyrtiko and Aidani is truly something special that you don’t come across very often here in the US. This rare Greek dessert wine is a product of extensively ripened grapes, sun-dried for fifteen days and barrel aged to give it deep essences of sweet honey, dry figs, caramel and nuts; providing a sweet warm sensation in the back of your throat. It’s the nectar of the Gods, I tell you!
- Finally, if you envision a glass full of dark decadence, with a plate of fresh figs with mascarpone and warmed spiced honey, then you should try a classic, aged port wine. Just the other night, my wife and I were in that dark hedonistic place with a delicious bottle of Sandeman 10 Years Old Tawny Port (Portugal) (Sample, MSRP: $30).It was oozing with caramel, coffee and nut flavors. The caramel was like the burnt sugar coating on crème brûlée. My wife, on the other hand, thought it tasted like one of her favorite cupcakes, French Toast! This is a great entry into aged port wines @ $30. I’d really love to see where this port will be in 20 or 30 years. For now, it’s a crazy good way to close out a cold, late December evening.