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The 8 Best Sweet Wines Of 2022

Wine for dessert? Count us in.

best sweet wine
Carlos Dominguez

Yes, some wines are a bit sweet, but sweet wines as a category encompass dessert wines that are extra sweet, perfect for after dinner or for pairing with nuts, meats and cheeses, or desserts. Consulted with sommeliers and bartenders to get their picks for the best sweet wines, from Sauternes and Moscatel to ice wine and sherry.

But what exactly is a sweet wine? "The answer is a bit complicated, but also very simple," said Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson, co-founder of Verve Wine and founding partner of the Apres Cru hospitality company. He explained that leftover unfermented sugars in wine, also called residual sugars, are what cause wines to be sweet.

"It's hard to say at what level a wine starts to be perceived as being sweet, as things like acidity and tannin can mask the sugar from coming through," he said. "Even some wines where you can taste the sweetness, like a Kabinett Riesling from Germany, for example, aren't wines that I would discuss as being 'sweet,' but rather I'd call that 'off-dry.'" He says that he'd categorize a wine as sweet when it has enough residual sugar that he'd pair it with a sweet dessert.

Looking for more wine recs? We have plenty. Take a peek at our picks for the best non-alcoholic wines, sweet red wines, white wines, and gifts for wine lovers.

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Best Tokaji
Chateau Megyer Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos
Chateau Megyer
Best Sauternes
2009 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes
Chateau Guiraud
Best Riesling
Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Auslese
Willi Schaefer
Best Riesling Runner-Up
Dr. Heidemanns Bernkastel Badstube Riesling Auslese
Dr Heidemanns-Bergweiler
Best Moscatel
Cesar Florido Moscatel Dorado
César Florido
Best Jurançon
Uroulat Jurançon
Clos Uroulat
7 2011 Wagner Riesling Ice Wine
Best Sherry
González Byass Solera 1847
González Byass
Best Sherry Runner-Up
La Cigarrera Pedro Ximénez Sherry
La Cigarrera
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