Yes, I said it, sweet red wine is GREAT!
I was at a food/wine trade show today and had a great conversation with a young lady. She came by to taste some wine and said that she would like to be more into wine but doesn’t like the bitter & tannic (not her exact words) taste of most red wines she has tried. So she reluctantly said she would take a Chardonnay.
Lucky for her, among the wines we were sampling was a semi-dry red wine.
I know, these semi-dry wines supposedly aren’t meant for serious wine drinkers. They are not known as classy wines. They are said to be used for sacramental purposes. They are seemingly terrible. WELL, actually, when made well (with the care given to table wines) they can be great.
But most important, they are a GREAT TOOL.
Most people did not grow up drinking wine, or other dry beverages. We grew up on soft drinks…soda, fruit drinks, juice, etc. Our palates are not used to dry drinks.
Sweet (or semi-sweet) red wines are great. It is a gateway wine (her words) to getting into the more typical dry table wines.
Happy sweet red wine tasting!