List of Sweet Red Wines

This section provides a list of sweet red wines. It includes recommendations for some of the best sweet red wines including late harvest red wines, ice wines, and more.

Sweet red wine is becoming more and more popular. Right now, there are not a lot on the market but that number is growing. As demand increases, more and more wine makers are producing them.

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A sweet red wine tasting at Dutcher Crossing in the
Dry Creek Valley region in Sonoma County California.

You will love these sweet reds -- many with hints of red fruits, chocolate, vanilla and other typical flavors found in these wines. They are made from types of red wine such as Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and more.

Late Harvest Wine Recommendations

Late harvest red wines are made from grapes that are left on the vine as late in the season as possible. By leaving them on the vine longer, the sugar concentration increases for a nice sweet wine.

The majority of wines in this category are made from Zinfandel grapes. By leaving Zinfandel grapes on the vine longer, they create nice, sweet red wines.

Name of Wine/Varietal
Fritz Underground Winery Late Harvest Zinfandel Hints of spice, red fruit and sweetness
Carol Shelton Wines Late Harvest Zinfandel Ripe berry flavors
Rosenblum Cellars Late Harvest Zinfandel Raspberries, sweet cherries, strawberries and spice

List of Sweet Red Wines: Ice Wine Recommendations

Ice wine made from red varieties are harder to find and more expensive. As demand increases for ice wines, the price should decrease a little too. Most red ice wines are made from Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir since both grow well in cooler climates. Here are a few recommendations for you to try.

Name of Wine/Varietal
Inniskillin Winery Cabernet Franc Hints of strawberries and cream
Jackson Triggs Winery Cabernet Franc Raspberries, rhubarb and hints of pepper & spice
Nine North Winery Jaden Pinot Noir Strawberry, rhubarb and caramel

List of Sweet Red Wines: Other Recommendations

This section provides you with some other sweet red wine recommendations including sweeter ports and more:

Name of Wine/Varietal

Angove Family Winemakers

Sparkling Pink Moscato

Strawberry and other red berry fruits
Dutcher Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon Port Bold berry flavors
EOS Estate Wines Zinfandel Port Sweet rich, ripe raspberry flavors

Jam Jar

Sweet Syrah Blackberries, blueberries and dark chocolate
Rosenblum Cellars Desiree Chocolate Dessert Wine: Zinfandel, Syrah and Other Reds Chocolate, red berries

Terra d'Oro

Zinfandel Port

Chocolate, raisins, orange peel and red berry fruits

Serving & Pairing Tips

This list of sweet red wines is versatile. You can either drink them on their own or pair them with your meal.

The most common way to pair your sweet wine is with salty foods or meals. The sweetness in the wine marries well with the salty food. They balanced each other out, so you still get great flavors from both the wine and your meal.

Many people like to pair their sweet red wines with a sweet dessert. If you decide to do this, you will want to go with a semi-sweet or fortified wine such as port. These are the two types of sweet red wines that pair well with sweet food.

I also recommend pairing a lighter red wine such as Barbera or Pinot Noir with a sweeter dish. The majority of these red wine types are dry, but lighter bodied - so they tend to pair well with sweet dishes. A dry, rose wine also pairs well with sweet dishes.

You can also serve your sweet red wines in a standard red wine glass. Some of the wines on this list have special glasses, but it's okay to use a standard red wine glass for serving. Here is an example of the type of wine glass I use to serve sweet wines.

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Store Your Opened Sweet Red Wine

wine saver kitDid you know you can store your sweet red wine for up to a week or more after you open it? By taking a few small steps, you can save the flavor of the wine for a longer period of time.

One key step is to remove the oxygen from the bottle of wine before you store it. The most popular (and easy to use) wine saver is the Vacu Vin Wine Saver Set.

To remove the wine, you simply add a stopper to the top of the bottle. You will then place the vacuum pump on the stopper, use it a few times to remove some oxygen and then store your wine.

Find even more tips on how to store your opened wine.

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