Colorado wines have been improving with time, and are now a growing and welcome presence on Colorado restaurant wine lists as well as in wine stores. With the holidays upon us, and several weeks of feasting, hosting, and presenting hostess gifts, here are five great Colorado dessert wines to consider for your table or gift basket:
* Late-Harvest Sauvignon Blanc by Plum Creek Winery. This Sauternes-style wine has a nice balance of acid and fruit, with citrus and stone fruit on the nose and palate. It has a silken texture that would pair well with blue cheese and other soft, savory cheeses. Traditionally the French pair Sauternes with foie gras, so there is a world of pairings to explore.
* Port by Graystone Winery and Two Rivers Winery. Graystone Winery specializes in ports. They bottled their first in 2002 followed by their white port, Lipizzan. Made from Pinot Gris grapes, the full-bodied Lipizzan White Port is a sweeter style than a traditional port. Its beautiful salmon color looks festive in the glass. Graystone’s other current releases include Port III, a ruby port that tastes of cinnamon, and Port IV, which tastes more like a tawny port, with raisins and toffee. Both Port III and Port IV are delicious on their own but pair very well with dark chocolate and toasted nuts. The Two Rivers port is a rich ruby port that tastes of currants and spice, and complements dark chocolate quite nicely.
* Shiver by Desert Moon Vineyards. This delicate ice-style wine is made from 100% Riesling grapes that are frozen twice to remove water and concentrate the flavors. It is bursting with Granny Smith apple and tropical fruits with hints of melon and honey – a tropical vacation in a glass. It would pair well with a fruit tart, Key Lime pie, or cheesecake.
* Vin Au Chocolate by Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery. “Just breathe.” Take Drew Barrymore’s Cinderella’s advice and simply inhale for a moment before indulging in this tasty treat. The chocolate port smells heavenly. It is wholly satisfying on its own, but quite delicious when paired with almonds dusted in cocoa powder or individual pieces of dark chocolate. The taste of chocolate would pair well with pumpkin or pecan pie.
* Walnut Wine by Maison la Belle Vie Winery. This exceptional port-style wine tastes of toasted walnuts. The experience begins with the hand-painted bottle, which is a piece of art in itself. Enjoy this glass of sophistication while curled up by the fire. Its nutty flavor would pair well with pumpkin pie or chocolate.
Whether sipped as dessert or with your choice of holiday pie, these wines are a wonderful way to finish a meal. Check with your local wine store or purchase directly from the winery, winery website, or tasting room. Click here to see images of the bottles: http://lodeplus.com/wine-in-denver/five-great-colorado-dessert-wines…
The Desert Moon Vineyards tasting room is located at 12656 Jamison Place #12 in Englewood, south of Centennial Airport. Garfield Estates has a tasting room on Colorado Winery Row in Denver at 46th & Pecos as well as at its winery in Palisade. The Graystone Winery, Maison la Belle Vie Winery, Plum Creek Winery, and Two Rivers Winery & Chateau have tasting rooms in Palisade.