How to Choose Dessert Wines. A dessert wine
makes a great meal even better. Follow these tips to top off your menu with flair. You
will need A variety of desserts and a supply of dessert wines. Step 1. Learn the different
types of dessert wines, including fortified wines, such as port and sherry, and late harvest
wines, made from mature, sweet grapes. Step 2. Decide what to serve for dessert and choose
a wine to complement it. Cake or cookies, fruit and cheese, and chocolate are good choices.
Complement the meal. Follow a heavy meal with a lighter dessert. Save rich desserts to follow
lighter meals. Step 3. Serve port, a red wine fortified with brandy, with rich desserts.
Pair lighter ruby ports with fruit pies, tawny ports with milk chocolate, and vintage ports
with dark chocolate. Step 4. Drink Muscat wine with fruit. Muscat grapes produce a sweet,
light, fruity wine. Dessert wine should be sweeter than whatever you serve with it. Step
5. Indulge in a bottle of Sauternes, a wine made from grapes infected by “noble rot,”
a fungus that concentrates their sugars. Serve with fruit and Roquefort cheese. Step 6. Serve
very sweet dessert wines, such as ice wine or German Ausele, on their own. These are
a dessert in themselves! Did you know French law permits Sauternes production only in the
Sauternes region of Bordeaux.