The world of wine can be an intimidating realm for those who don’t know much about the types of wine that exist or how to drink certain wines. Sweet wine for beginners can certainly feel overwhelming for those who don’t know or understand the difference between red, white, sparkling, and fizzy wines. Additionally, sweet white wines and sweet red wines include thousands of brands, hundreds of types, and even more tastes that can overwhelm that palate in the best way possible.
Wine tasting is very preference-based, and often for those looking to dive into the world of wine drinking enjoy getting started with sweet wines, as sweet wines for beginners often produce a lifelong love for wine as a whole, inside and outside the sweet spectrum. For beginners, a bold and dry wine can feel (and taste) amazing.
Sweet wine is a great way to start. This article will give you the basic information you will need to know and understand types of sweet wines for beginners and go over the different types of white and red wines that will start you off on an amazing wine-loving journey you will be glad to be on.
How is sweet wine made?
Wine is an incredibly straightforward process in making the simplest types of wine, whether red, white, sweet, or robust. From grapes to glass, there are 5 basic steps that every winemaker partakes in and has been the system of producing the wine we know and love for centuries.
These steps are:
• Pick the grapes
Naturally, throughout this process, there are more precise measures that are taken in order to perfect the ideal type of wine, and every region will produce a different taste depending on the soil and climate. The type of wine and how sweet or dry it greatly depends on the type of grape grown and harvested, as well as the fermentation process.
Grapes that are used for most sweet wines are the extra sweet grapes who have a high residual sugar (RS) count that is harvested after the wine has gone through step 3 — fermentation. The difference in a sweet or dry wine has to do with how much RS is leftover after fermentation, so a higher count will yield a sweeter wine.
Additional elements like adding brandy or another spirit can be used and this stops the fermentation process as well. This is common in a Sherry, for example. The sweet wine contains more RS and therefore is sweeter.
Winemakers also choose ripe grapes, and during fermentation, the yeast dies off leaving a sweeter, more RS rich product. Sweeter wine may also be filtered, which also sifts and filters out the yeast in a sweet wine. Special equipment is used to facilitate this process making it easier than ever to create a super sweet, fruity wine from the ripest of ripe grapes.
How to know which sweet wine is right for you?
How will you possibly know which sweet wine is perfect for you? Practice makes perfect, of course! Going to a casual tasting at a winery specializing in sweet wine or hosting your own BYOB of sweet wine tasting party is a great way to get in the sweet wine game and find out which types of sweet wine for beginners is perfect for you.
Is it a Prosecco? Rose? Moscato? You won’t know until you try! Until then, we’ve listed various sweet white wine for beginners and sweet red wine for beginners to give you an overview of what you can expect from some of the most delicious, fun, flirty, and easy to palate sweet red and white wines.
1. Prosecco Wine
Light, bubbly, sweet Prosecco is a crowd favorite for many different reasons. The top reason being it is simply easy to drink! It isn’t as fruity as a riesling and is a bit dry like Champagne, making it smooth yet fizzy, sweet yet easy to drink.
Why do so many first-time sweet wine drinkers turn to Prosecco? The bubbly nature of Prosecco and dry, crisp, fruit-forward taste make it perfect for just about any occasion and pairs well with just about any snack, meal, or cheese board. We suggest starting your lifelong journey with Prosecco paired with seafood, a charcuterie board or steal a taste during a celebration or dessert.
Characteristics of Prosecco:
• Light or straw yellow coloring
• Fruit forward with notes of apple, pear, and lime
• Balanced and fun
2. Sweet Rosé Wine
Rosé is an incredibly famous sweet wine that is popular now more than ever. Red grapes touch this wine only long enough to give this sweet wine its pink or rosy coloring. Rosé wine is stained with red grapes only for a few hours, while more robust reds can soak for days or weeks. Sweet rosé is a fun, flirty wine that is perfect for just about any time of day and for just about any occasion.
What makes Rosé so great and easy to drink? This particular sweet wine is crisp, yet fruity and fresh. Many will even tell you Rosé is less about wine classification and more of a state of mind. We have to fully agree with this statement!
Characteristics of Sweet Rosé:
• Fruit forward with hints of cantaloupe, melon, white peach, and pomegranate
• Balanced – Not as heavy as red wine, not as sweet as white wine
• Perfect for any occasion
• Nicknamed “summer water”
3. Poggio Moscato
Moscato wine is famous in the Piedmont region of Italy. With highly sought after grapes from this region, Poggio Moscato created as a low-alcohol, sweet alternative to heavier or “too sweet” wines. Found within the Castello Del Poggio Sweet Collection, this wine type is a great mediator between the super sweet wines and the classic dry champagnes (without the fizz).
Characteristics of Poggio Moscato:
• Categorized in the sweet white wine circuit
• Peach, honey, white flower ints, and honey tones
• Deep yellow and gold coloring
• Medium-bodied and low minerality
• Light and easy to drink
4. Sweet Red Wine
Sweet red wine is often misunderstood and lesser-known sweet red wine for beginners. Many first time drinkers believe sweet red wine is too robust, or almost like a Sherry, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Many sweet reds, like the Castello Del Poggio sweet red, are full-bodied like a typical red, but sweet like a white wine.
Sweet red wine is perfect when paired with spicy dishes, smoked meats, and any exotic taste that you might enjoy.
Characteristics of Sweet Red Wine:
• Deep red coloring
• Hints of fruit like raspberry, apricot, and peach
• Full-bodied but light for a beginning palate
• Velvety tannins
5. Sparkling Moscato
Sweet, fresh, and sparkling. What more could you want from a sweet white wine? This particular sweet wine is perfect for beginners because of its perfect balance between sweet and fizzy. Used from the Moscato Bianco, this white sparkling sweet wine is perfect, juicy, and fresh.
Characteristics of Sparkling Moscato:
• Sweet and fizzy
• Golden straw coloring with hints of bubbles
• Medium body with crisp finishes
• Hints and notes of peach, white flower, and green apples
Whether you want to dive into sweet reds or prefer to go after the sweet whites, it takes time and a lot of taste testing to find the perfect wine that works for your palate. Don’t forget, sometimes the pairing of the sweet wine is what helps you decide just which wine is the right one for you.
For more information on sweet wine or to try some of our famous Castello Del Poggio sweet wines, reach out to us and read more blogs on the different types of wine that may be perfect for you. Happy tasting!