If you are planning on a romantic meal with your significant other, it’s a good bet that wine may play a part in your special dinner. Sadly, many people forget an important element in the dinner pairing — the dessert wine. With chocolates and other sweets playing an important role in many romantic dinners, it is the perfect time to crack open a special dessert wine!
To take things up a notch, consider serving an ice wine with your special meal, which is sure to make any romantic evening just a little sweeter. Here are three ice wine suggestions to pair with your romantic meal.
Von Othegraven Kanzem Altenberg Eiswein
In Germany ice wine is called Eiswein and Von Othegraven is regarded as one of the best producers of ice wine. If you can get your hands on a 2004 bottle, it is recognized as one of the best years and has a price that reflects that — often seen for over $300 for a 375ml bottle.
The wine comes from the Mosel region of Germany and is made from Riesling grapes that are grown on a family vineyard dating back over 500 years. The vineyards are located on the Saar River, known as the “cool sister of the Mosel”.
Inniskillin Ice Wine
Inniskillin is a top producer of ice wines in Canada and their products are sold around the world. One of the most unique offerings is made with Cabernet Franc grapes. Many popular ice wines seem to be made from white wine grapes, making this an even more fun find.
Cabernet Franc is often used as a blending grape in red wines and has a wonderful blend of fruit and pepper qualities. When produced as an ice wine, the red berry flavors are accentuated. This sweet, fruit-forward ice wine pairs exceptionally well with chocolate and fruit based desserts.
King Estate Vin Glace Pinot Gris
Vin Glace is yet another name for ice wine and King Estate produces a great one from Pinot Gris grapes. Located in the popular Willamette Valley region in Oregon, the grapes are grown on the estate’s certified organic vineyards.
Past vintages have earned several 90+ ratings from Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine & Spirits. Two recommended vintages are 2008 and 2007. The wine has a beautiful straw color and features a variety of aromas including nutmeg, honeysuckle, and orange blossom. On the palate, it has ripe fruit flavors and even a hint of black tea.
In general, ice wines are quite food friendly and can pair with a number of sweets, and even some entrees. Consider serving these with a nice cheese plate, fruit based desserts, and of course — any dessert that features chocolate!