Best dessert wines in Paso Robles for the holidays
Sweet, sticky dessert wines can make a great accompaniment to holiday dessert selections. After tasting several Paso Robles dessert wines, these are our best recommendations. These wines would also make perfect holiday gifts from Paso Robles. Enjoy!
Top local dessert wine recommendations
Bianchi Zinfandel 2015 P1 – $38
Bianchi’s ruby zinfandel port is made from 100% zinfandel grapes fortified with brandy. This port is rich in raisin berry fruit, sugared dates and caramel orange peels perfectly accompaniment to chocolate or toasted walnuts. Bottled under Bianchi’s reserve label at 19% alcohol in 500ml bottle.
Broken Earth Ragpickers Dream – $28
This is non-vintage, traditional Portuguese-style blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cão and Tinta Roriz grapes from the Paso Robles AVA. It offers flavors of sweet, ripe berries and is balanced with a silky smooth finish. It’s 19.7% alcohol and comes in 500ml bottle.
Bushong Sweet Illusions – $31
A triple cream sherry with flavors of brown sugar, caramel, gingerbread and pecan pie will coat your pallet and make you forget about dessert. It’s 18.5% alcohol and comes in a 375ml bottle.
La Quinta Syrah Port – $16.50
This rich, sweet wine is made by San Antonio Winery. It’s 100% syrah, dark red color, rich, and full-bodied. Enjoy this wine after dinner with dried fruits, nuts, and fine cheeses, like Stilton and sharp cheddar. It’s fortified with brandy at 18.5% alcohol and comes in a 750ml bottle. It’s a great value in this category.
Lusso Della Terra Chocolate Dessert Wine – $28
This sweet chocolate dessert wine explodes with aromas of ripe blackberries and black cherry. A smooth finish coats the palate with cocoa, black plums and raspberry. It’s 18.5% alcohol and comes in a 375ml bottle.
Manucci Spirits Limoncello Originale – $40
This is a handcrafted lemon-flavored brandy from a generations-old Italian recipe. It is an infusion of locally grown organic lemons, zested and steeped in our own distilled brandy. A shot of ice-cold limoncello is traditionally served as the perfect finish to a meal.
Opolo Vineyards Tryst – $33
A Port-style red wine, Tryst combines the grapes from Opolo’s finest vineyards with their estate brandy for the perfect after-dinner experience. It is 18.5-percent alcohol and comes in a 375ml bottle.
Sculpterra Primitivo Dessert Wine – $32
This fruit-driven sweet wine displays aromas of ripe fig and caramel with chocolate undertones. It’s a non-vintage blend with five years of harvests. This port-style wine has everything you look for in dessert wine. It’s packed with aromas of ripe fig, rich chocolate, raspberry truffle, and toasted jam. This wine’s bouquet displays caramel apple and nuts, with a tender sweet and balanced finish. The wine can be enjoyed now, but will further evolve over the next 8 to 15 years. It’s sold in a 500ml bottle.
Vina Robles 2012 Segredo – $32
Segredo is a limited-production, fortified red dessert wine inspired by traditional ports. The “secret” is the use of petite sirah which lends itself to producing age-worthy wines with layers of richness. Aged for 20 months in French and American oak barrels, Segredo is the perfect dessert wine or can be enjoyed together with chocolate, cheese or nuts.
Vista Del Rey 2018 Barbera Dessert Wine – $25
Winemaker Dave King took a little barbera and made a dessert wine in a port style. The result is a superb and sticky dessert wine. It tastes like dark berries, dark chocolate, and spices. It is 19-percent alcohol and comes in a 375ml bottle.
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Publisher’s note: For the sixth year in a row we thought it would be a great idea to recommend local wines for upcoming holiday parties and dinners. Once again, we received an amazing amount of participation from our local wineries. Over the last few weeks, we received more than 100 entries. After tasting and tasting and tasting, there were many solid, well-made wines to recommend. We have created several lists of top local wines into categories. The recommended wines above are in alphabetical order.