September 5, 2018

Sweet Wines from Around the World Make a Comeback, at Least for Rosh Hashanah

New York…Harry, a veteran wine connoisseur was reminiscent of the days when brands like Manischewitz, Schapiro, Lipschitz and even Kedem meant sweet wines. Growing up in Queens, he remembered the sweet Tokay and Malaga wines that were almost obligatory in those days. The stigma of the “Mano Manischewitz” sweet wines remained well into the latter part of the 20th century. Yet, when change came to kosher wines, sweet wines were still popular, even if they were from places like California and Italy. But Gabe Geller, a prominent wine blogger and industry executive at Royal Wines, explains: “For some so-called sophisticated wine lovers, sweet wines are often thought of either as entry-level quaffs, or just to be used as sacramental wines. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! There are so many complex, sophisticated sweet wines from almost every wine-producing region in the world.”According to Geller, one of the most popular sweet wines is the wine made by harvesting the grapes late, when they have already partially dried on the vines. Herzog Late Harvest wines include a Chenin Blanc, a Riesling, a Zinfandel, and a Muscat. Sweet wines are produced in many parts of the world and those who associate a sweet new year will most definitely have many choices from Germany, Austria and Canada because of the early-season low temperatures. Other sweet wines come from Portugal, Canada, France, Hungary, and Chile. This selection may be too much for Harry, but is certainly a refreshing new twist to a retro trend.