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Straight from the Russo’s: Our favorite dessert wines

Valentine’s Day falls on February 14 every year, but sharing and enjoying a delicious bottle of wine can – and should – happen all year round. We carry lots of options to keep things sweet for dessert or anytime you’re craving something different than your ordinary go-to wine varieties. Below are some of our favorite picks for wines to accompany dessert at the end of a meal. Or, just let the bottle be dessert!

 

RED

Pedro Ximenez 1983 Gran Reserva Bodegas T Albala

Stored in oak barrels, this red wine is aged to perfection. The vintage has a rich mahogany color which plays well with the flavors of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and smoke. A dense red, you’re left with notes of spice and caramel that linger, leaving you with a sweet bite in the after-taste.

 

Six Grapes Graham’s Reserve Porto

Fruit with chocolate is a dessert that will never go out of style. This wine will pair perfectly with an aroma of fruits including plums and cherries mixed with chocolate notes. It’s full-bodied and complex but leaves a satiny, long finish on your palette. If stored in a cool, dark place the wine should stay fresh up to two months, giving you more time to enjoy!

 

Trentadue Chocolate Amore red dessert wine

This is decadence at its best. Produced from Merlot grapes, neutral grape spirits are added to stop fermentation. This act blocks a percentage of sugar in the wine from escaping. When the wine is finished aging, a small amount of natural chocolate extract is infused. The chocolate flavor is exceptional with a simple vanilla bean ice cream.

 

WHITE

Hores de Climens Barsac 2010 grand vin de sauternes

If you love desserts with a hint of honey, don’t pass up this wine. The palate is layered with honeysuckle, apricots, and grape. A French Bordeaux wine with great maturity, you’ll love the delicate but strong nature of this vintage.

 

Petit Guiraud 2011 Sauternes

Peach cobblers and pies are great all year round but especially when they are in season. Get a head start on testing your peach wine pairing with this wine. A forward and open taste that combines the flavors white peach, apricots, toasted almonds, and piecrust, you’ll notice a slight hint of freshness and sweetness. The finish is creamy, with the slightest trace of ginger to add a little zing to your taste buds.

 

Chateau La Tour Blanche 2010 sauternes

Take a trip somewhere warm and exotic without leaving the comfort of your home with this sauternes wine. Enjoy aromas of kiwi, apricots, and minerals work surprisingly well with a smoky palate that includes orange marmalade, ripe citrus, and saffron. Even if it’s cold outside, let your mind drift to a sunny beach.

 

ICE

Ice wines are dessert wines are made by freezing the grapes while they’re still on the vine. The sugars don’t freeze but the water does, creating a more concentrated grape that makes for a very sweet wine.

 

Frost Bitten Ice Riesling

Cookie fanatics will love this wine. Combining the flavors of vanilla and butter cookies, you’ll feel indulgent without a high price tag. You’ll also note honey and peach tea that softly settle on your tongue as a gentle reminder of this smooth wine.

 

Black Star Farms Sirius Cherry Dessert Wine

Nothing screams ‘Michigan’ like a cherry dessert wine from a Traverse City winery! Black sweet cherries strengthened with Black Star Farms cherry brandy and sweetened with a tart cherry juice. Barrel-aged for nine months to get a slight toasted oak mixed with the warmth of brandy. The ultimate wine for cherry lovers!

 

Chateau Chantal Ice

Incredibly sweet and delicate like a traditional Riesling wine, but provides a balanced of flavors of apricot, toasted caramel, and baked apple to delight the palate. For political junkies, this wine was served at the 2016 White House Canadian State Dinner for the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!

Source: Detroit Free Press

 

42 Ice Wine – Sweet White Wine made with frozen grapes from Michigan’s 42nd parallel

This sweet wine is made from grapes frozen at Michigan’s 42nd parallel. A wine that is best enjoyed by sipping, you’ll pull flavor notes of peaches, mango, apricots, honey, and raisins with the slightest hint of violets. The sweetness of the fruit marries nicely with the sweetness of the ice wine without being overpowering.

 

Bowers Harbor Vineyard Ice Cider

Think outside the box with this sweet ice cider. Using the same technique as traditional ice wines, frozen apples are pressed to create this sweet treat. This sweet and slightly tangy ice cider is made with Michigan apples, and best paired with any apple-based dessert. The perfect gift for an out-of-town guest or to keep all for yourself!

 

SPARKLING SPIRITS

Rosa Regale Banfi Sparkling Red

The luscious scent of rose petals meets the delicate flavors of raspberries and strawberries. This sparking red is a great alternative to champagne, there are less bubbles to tickle your nose but you still get to enjoy some bubbles for a special occasion or a special treat on an ordinary day.

 

Codorniu Anna Blanc de Blancs

Enjoy the tastes of apple pie without using up your manpower on homemade dough. You’ll quickly find a nutty personality that goes well with the flavor of apple. Top it off with a finish of clove and nutmeg. This is a dry drink but if soft and smooth, due to its composition being 70% Chardonnay.

 

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava Seleccion

Sparkling wine with a clean palate of ripe pear, apple, and citrus that flow into a long, smooth finish. You’ll notice a touch of ginger in its finish to bring a little more excitement to the experience. It’s extremely versatile and can be easily paired with any dessert.

 

J.P. Chenet Ice Edition

Small, delicate bubbles fill your glass of this lovely drink. Your nose will fill with the scent of white flowers, citrus, and tropical fruits. An energetic palate with classically smooth creamy makes a refreshing delight that’s ideal for summertime, or anytime!

 

VIN SANTO

Belcaro Vin Santo Del Chianti Classico 2008

This Belcar Vin Santo has an amber color that will make your mouth water and warm your heart. Delicate notes of honey dance with a hint of almond, tied together by the slightest touch of spice. Perfect with a carefully cultivated cheese board with a mixture of nuts, fruits, and cheeses.

 

A.D. MDX Vin Santo Lanciola 2008

Luxuriously gold in color, complex notes of dried apricots blend with acacia honey and orange peel. A bouquet of yellow flowers enhances this dessert wine. Sit back and relax while you enjoy the aftertaste of candied fruit.

 

Fattoria Il Lago

Deeply intense in color with a dark yellow base and amber undertones, the aromas are equally intense with honey and dried fruits. Somehow this dessert wine is both complex and delicate at the same time. The finish is nutty and has a long-lasting taste. Best served slightly chilled.

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Painting & Pairing: Umbria

Join us for another Painting & Pairing event at G.B. Russo & Son on Thursday October 27th, from 6 to 9 PM.

This month, we will feature the breathtaking region of Umbria. In honor of Frank Russo’s 100th birthday, our menu will include some of his favorite delizioso Italian foods (our century-old family recipes!), paired with samples of 2 regional wines.

All painting supplies and food/wine samples are included with the price of admission!

We hope to see you there!

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Sips of Sicily – a Paint & Wine Event

Join us on April 28 for our inaugural painting event at G.B. Russo & Son, where you can sip on great wines, taste decadent cheeses, and learn to paint the exquisite landscapes of Sicily.

The event starts at 6 PM. Space is limited, so secure your reservation by emailing Kelley at krusso@gbrusso.com. $35 includes all supplies. Complimentary wine and cheese samples will be served.

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Wine Tasting 3/12/16

This Saturday at G.B. Russo & Son, sample these three wines while you shop all of our fantastic anniversary sales and specials.

Each week, from 11 to 2 on Saturday, we sample 3 different wines. An in-store specialist can tell you more about their flavors and origins to help you get the most out of the tasting experience!

2010 Hacienda Lopez de Haro

Rated 91 points – outstanding. The 2010 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza feels quite classical in its style, lightly-colored with clean red spicy fruit, a touch of leather and a polished, soft palate that makes it very pleasant and easy to drink. At this price level, this wine is a steal! Drink now through 2018.

2013 Chateau Pesquie Cotes du Ventoux Terrasses

Rated 91 points – Best Value! The 2013 Ventoux Terrasses offers gorgeous garrigue, white pepper, underbrush, and sweet berry fruit to go with a forward, seamless, elegant style on the palate. Year in and year out, this cuvee is an incredible value and a no brainer that readers need to buy.

2013 Atlas Peak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Rated 90 points – Best Buy! The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, fleshy and voluptuous. Mocha, espresso, toasty new oak and creme de cassis are pushed forward in a super-ripe, voluptuous wine built to deliver considerable near term pleasure. Drink this racy, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon over the next decade.

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Wine Tasting Saturday January 16

Join us this Saturday, January 16 to taste three wines: Tola Nero d’Avola, Honoro Vera Garnacha, and Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon. 10 AM to 2 PM in store!

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Wine Tasting with Kim Simecek

This Wednesday, September 30, join us from 4:30 to 6:30 for a special wine tasting event with Kim Simecek of Celani Family Vineyards of Napa Valley.

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Wine Tasting Saturday Sept 26

Tomorrow, when you shop at G.B. Russo & Son between 11 AM and 2 PM, you can sample 3 great wines:

  • 2013 Laya Old Vines
  • 2013 Tessellae Carignan Old Vines
  • 2012 Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Don’t miss it! And while you’re there, check out the newest addition to our cheese selection, the handcrafted, artisanal La Bottega Di Belgioioso – for only $3.59 each.

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Wine Tasting from Brengman Brothers

Join us on Wednesday for a wine tasting event from 4:30 to 6:30 pm featuring wines from Brengman Brothers Winery! Sample great wines and learn all about the region and tasting notes.

Please note Ed Brengman is no longer able to join us, but we will still be sampling the wines!

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Wine Tasting with Alberto Moro

Join us at G.B. Russo & Son for a special wine tasting event with Alberto Moro of Bodegas Emilio Moro this Friday, September 25. Starting at 4:30 pm, you can sample several “high expression” wines and meet Alberto, learn about the Emilio Moro bodegas and more!

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Wine Tasting Saturday, June 13

Sample a 2014 Rose d’ete, 2013 Saint-Lannes Gascogne, and 2013 Fantini Montepulciano this Saturday at G.B. Russo & Son.

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