With sweet wines you need just a little sup—

Looking for a way to sip less booze in January? The sweetest wines could be the answer – packed so full of flavour, these treats served in little quantities can go a very long way.

One of my favourite sweet wines is Vin de Constance from South Africa, made by Klein Constantia. Famously enjoyed by Napoleon in exile, it’s as historic as it is delicious. The 2015 recent release is slinky, mercurial and divine.

At the darker end, Pedro Ximenez sherry is as rich as sticky date syrup and scrumptious poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. With a nibble of dark chocolate, Port works in a similar way to the cherries in a black forest gateau.

And Muscat of Samos from Greece is the sweet spot where honey meets marmalade – probably the stuff the gods of Olympus are sipping all year round. With treats this sweet, small quantities deliver maximum impact.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

Dark Knight Returns: Finest Pedro Ximenez Sherry (37.5cl, 15%) £6 Tesco. Viscous as syrup and as dark as it is delicious, pair it with chocolate cake for a treat.

Orange is the new black: Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro (50cl, 15%) £8.29 Waitrose. Orangey and luscious, this is bang on target – a bullseye for the sweet spot.

A Taste of Honey: Samos Anthemis 2012 (50cl, 15%) £9.50 The Wine Society. Heroic value for a honey-meets marmalade moment. One of the world’s great sweet wines.

My Sweet Port: The Best LBV Port 2013 (75cl, 20%) £9.50* Morrisons. Sweet and peppery this is rich, luxurious and ruddy splendid. *On offer until 5th Feb

SWEET WINE OF THE WEEK

Vin de Constance 2015 (50cl, 14%) £54.95 slurp.co.uk  If deliciousness was marked out of 100, this sweet treat would score a full house for sheer luxuriance.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 13th January 2019

 

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