Best local dessert wines 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 Paso Robles dessert wines
Asuncion Ridge 2013 Voluptuous – $25
This late harvest sauvignon blanc is the perfect ending for any holiday dinner. It is slightly sweet, but not syrupy. This dessert wine will rock your fruit tarts, peach cobbler, cheesecake with mandarin sauce or any fruit and cheese plate. Only 49 cases produced.
Brecon Estate 2015 Late Harvest Zinfandel – $30
Brecon has deftly managed to retain the zinfandels signature pepper and spice in this luscious dessert wine.
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.
Cass 2013 Syrah Dessert Wine – $44
This is a luxurious dessert with warm notes of dried raspberries, orange liqueur and cinnamon. It has a sticky palate rich with fruit and spice. A perfect dessert by itself. It has 19.2 percent alcohol.
Pomar Junction 2013 Amber Moonlight – $20
This delightful dessert wine made from last harvest viognier is sweet but not overly syrupy. It’s sweetness comes from its own residual sugar. It’s 15.1-percent alcohol. It will pair nicely with pumpkin pie and other desserts.
Riverstar 2013 Solara –$20
A fortified dessert wine made from 100-percent black monukka. It has flavors of raisin and sherry on the nose with notes of caramel, walnuts and honey.Victor Hugo 2014 Quasi – $32
This lighter-style late harvest zinfandel is packed with flavors of stewed strawberries and raspberries. It’s sweet, but pleasantly not syrupy. It will make a perfect dessert by itself or pair with anything chocolate. A cheese pairing would work will too.
Vina Robles 2012 Segredo – $35
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.
Wild Coyote 2016 Zinfandel Port – $45
This delicious zin port is fortified with house-made brandy. Its aged in barrels for 36 months to delivered a balanced flavor – not too sweet and syrupy, but loaded with flavors of plum and black cherry.
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Publisher’s note: For the fifth 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.