Skip the candy and head straight to the heart of the matter. These delicious wines satisfy your sweet tooth and set the mood for Valentine’s Day. From delicate bubblies to luscious, late-harvest treats, sweet wines make a perfect gift.
Moscato d’Asti, Paolo Saracco
(Piemonte, Italy – 2010), SRP $14
This low-alcohol, refreshingly off-dry bubbly is wildly addictive without being sticky sweet.
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec, “White Label”
(Reims, France – MV), SRP $58
Demi-sec Champagnes offer just a touch of carbonated sweetness; pair this legendary bottle from Veuve Clicquot with simple strawberries.
Royal Tokaji Late Harvest, “Mad Cuvée”
(Tokaj, Hungary – 2009), SRP $17 (375 mL)
Hungary is one of the world’s greatest producers of sweet wines. This entry-level wine from the Royal Tokaji Wine Company is a honeyed treat.
Winzerkeller Andau Ice Wine, “Farenheit 19”
(Burgenland, Austria – 2009), SRP $25 (375 mL)
Made from Grüner Veltliner grapes and named for the temperature point at which true ice wine can be produced. Sip and savor.
Mas Amiel, Maury Cuvée Spéciale
(Rivesaltes, France – MV), SRP $32
A fortified blend of sweet grenache grapes from the south of France, this Maury is filled with blackberry and cassis notes.
Fonseca 20-Year-Old Tawny Port
(Oporto, Portugal – MV), SRP $48
Salted caramel and praline aromas abound in this cask-aged tawny from powerhouse producer Fonseca.
Mirabelle Wine Bar offers a three-course, prix fixe dinner on Sunday nights in Valley Village, which is especially ambitious given their limited kitchen.