Clark Wine Center

Bldg 6460 Clark Field Observatory Building,
Manuel A. Roxas Highway corner A Bonifacio Ave,
Clark Air Base, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines 2023
Tel: (045) 599-5600 0917-826-8790
Manila Wine Shops
Tel: (632) 633-1566 or 0922-870-5173

How to select Dessert wine

August 26, 2011

Desert Wine Tips

Dessert wine can stand alone, or complement your dessert

Choose a wine that’s sweeter than the dessert

Very sweet desserts tend to overwhelm any wine

Frozen desserts can dull the taste of wine

The flavors in dark chocolate can be greatly enhanced by wine

We typical North Americans have been eating dessert all our lives, but dessert wine remains a mystery, the realm of aristocrats and cultured Europeans. That’s unfortunate, because wine can heighten the flavors of dessert the same way that it can enhance the main course. The key, as with all wines, is knowing which one to serve.

Dessert wines aren’t just for impressing your friends. They can enhance your dessert, bringing out its inherent flavors. This guide will introduce you to the proper techniques for selecting a dessert wine to complement your after-dinner sweets.

Dessert Wines and Noble Rot

Step 1: Choose a Dessert

What would hit the spot?

This shouldn’t be tough to figure out: just use your imagination and draw on your experience.

Dessert tastes run from fruity confections, to nutty, chocolatey, caramelly, sweet’n'salty, lightly sweet… choose away.

If you’re drawing a blank, have a look at’s categorized dessert slideshows for something to make your sweet-tooth throb.

Don’t go too sweet.

Very sweet desserts can overwhelm the palate and make wine taste blunted or sour.

Consider avoiding, say, something from the esteemed confectioners at Hostess.

If you’re a chocolate nut, consider going with a darker chocolate (at least 60% cocoa-it will say on the package) to emphasize the sweetness of the wine, rather than compete with it.

Complement your meal.

If you’ve had a rich, heavy meal, consider something light. This should liven up your dinner guests, rather than drive them to an early bed.

If you’ve had a lighter meal, you might consider making dessert a rich, unforgetable highlight.

Don’t go frigid.

While ice cream or sorbet can be an element of dessert, avoid serving it on its own with wine.

Cold temperatures dull the palate and can effectively flatten the taste of wine.

Consider serving wine alone.

You could opt to serve dessert wine alone, without a complementary confection or fruit.

Step 2: Choose a Wine

Choose from the following varieties of dessert wines, using two main criteria:

Try to choose a wine that’s sweeter than your dessert.

Choose a wine whose flavor would seem to complement the dessert.


Port is bold red wine from Portugal, fortified with brandy. The fermentation process is halted early when brandy is added to the vats, preserving the natural sweetness of the grape, while artificially raising the alcohol level.

There are three varieties of Port:

Tawny ports are aged for an extended period in wooden barrels, leaving them smooth, with a “nutty” flavor.

Ruby Ports are younger wines, generally described as “fruity” and “fresh.”

Vintage Ports are aged for a long time in the bottle. They are usually spicy and full of deep, dark grape flavors.

What all ports have in common is high alcohol content and rich flavors.

Sweetness: generally high.

Suggested Pairings:

All ports can pair nicely with fruity desserts (including pumpkin pie and cobblers) and rich, creamy desserts (cheesecake, creme brulee).

Tawny ports, because of their nutty flavor and smooth texture, can pair well with milk chocolate.

Vintage ports, because of their heft, pair well with dark chocolate. Also, due to their high tannins (the astringent chemical compund that makes your mouth pucker), vintage ports can pair with walnuts, which have high tannins of their own; consider a dessert with walnuts, like banana cream pie.

Tawny ports may complement toffee and milk chocolate, due to their smooth, nutty characteristics.

Sauternes and Barsac

The “noble rot,” or “pourriture noble” in French, refers to a fungus known as botrytis cinerea that attacks grapes left on the vine, concentrating their sweetness beyond that of normal wine grapes. The classic result is the strong, sweet, French dessert wine known as Sauternes, from the Sauternes region of France, and Barsac, from the nearby enclave Barsac.

These wines, Sauternes in particular, can last a remarkably long time, with 19th Century vintages going for thousands of dollars at auction.

These wines are rich and powerful and include flavors like tropical fruit, honey, butterscotch, caramel and cream.

Sweetness: high.

Suggested Pairings:

Food writers often suggest fruit and cheese, particularly the classic pairing of Sauternes with blue cheese, such as Roquefort.

Also suggested are fruity desserts (tropical especially), creamy desserts (like cream pie or Creme Brulee) and fruity, creamy desserts (such as bananas with Dulce de Leche ice cream).

Ice Wine

Ice Wine refers to a variety of wines made from grapes that are frozen on the vine, then crushed in their frozen state. It’s made from a number of different grape varieties, including Riesling and Gewurztraminer, but will typically say “Ice Wine” (or the German “Eiswein”) on the label.

Icewine’s syrupy sweetness is balanced by high acidity, leaving a “clean” or “crisp” taste.

Its flavors are generally compared to light-flesh fruits, including pear, peach, apple and tropical fruits— also, hazelnuts.

Sweetness: high.

Suggested Pairings:

Good pairings include the fruits listed above and fruity desserts based on same; also, nutty and/or caramelly deserts.


Germany, known for its national sweet tooth, ranks its wines according to sweetness, the sweeter being the most prized. Auslese wines (pronounced “owss-leh-zeh” and meaning “selected harvest“) are harvested late in the season and are typically made with Riesling grapes.

Ausleses are generally described as very fruity, and while they can be very sweet as well, the high level of acidity (characteristic of Rieslings) can balance the sweetness and make it very palatable.

The classes of Auslese made from the ripest grapes—Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese—are often described as “unctuous” (oily) in texture.

Sweetness: varies according to rank.

Auslese picked very ripe and are at least moderately sweet.

Beerenauslese (meaning “selected berry harvest”, abbreviated to BA) are picked riper and are sweeter.

Trockenbeerenauslese (meaning “selected dry berry harvest”, abbreviated to TBA) are picked shriveled and are so remarkably sweet that New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov says they “must maintain teeth-jarring levels of acidity to keep them balanced.”

Suggested Pairings:

The less-sweet Auslese may complement lightly sweet peach or almond-based desserts.

Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese are so decadent that they can be drunk as desserts in themselves.


Muscats are made from the diverse white grape family of the same name, known for its strong fragrance and often used to make raisins.

Muscats don’t need much maturing to be good and can be drunk the same year as harvest.

Their flavors are often identified with apricot, peach and other mild fruits.

Sweetness: varies.
Suggested Pairings:

Muscats pair well with fruit and can bring out the fruity overtones of milk chocolate, white chocolate, Tiramisu and other confections on the lighter side of creamy.

Vin Santo

This traditional Italian dessert wine is known for its “nutty” taste, often identified as that of hazelnuts. Grapes are picked ripe and dried indoors, rather than shriveled on the vine.

Sweetness: light to moderate.
Suggested Pairings:

Traditional pairing is with biscotti, but other nutty desserts can work as well, including almond shortbread and almond cake.

Step 3: Hold a Preview

If you’re having guests over for a meal, consider trying out your wine/dessert combo prior to the event. Note that this isn’t always an affordable option, but if you can manage it, it won’t hurt.

Taste the dessert.

Make or buy your chosen dessert ahead of time.

Note your impressions of the dessert, including flavors, on a piece of paper.

Wait at least an hour before trying the wine.

Taste the wine.

Have a little bread and water to cleanse your palate, then taste the wine.

Take time to note the sweetness of the wine and the complexity of its flavors.

Note your impressions of the wine on a piece of paper.

Taste the dessert with the wine.

Note the following:

whether or not you find it to be a pleasing combination

how the flavors in the dessert may be affected by the wine.

how the flavors in the wine may be affected by the dessert.

If the taste of the wine is dulled by the combination, or the dessert seems to be somehow less delicious with the wine, consider switching one of them out for a different option.

The answer may be to go with a less-sweet dessert or a sweeter wine.

Leading Philippines Wine Supplier Yats Wine Cellars based in Clark Philippines with outlets in Angeles City, Subic Freeport and Manila Philippines has been not only a wine shop for fine wines covering all major wine regions but also a source of reliable and useful information about wine, wine appreciation, wine accessories, wine and health, food and wine pairing and all other matters relating to wine and its appreciation. This Philippines Clark Freeport based Wine Supplier and Wine Shop frequently holds public wine tasting events in Pampana Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Subic Bay area, Makati, Fort Bonifacio and other areas in Philippines capital city Manila. Private Wine events such as private wine tasting and private wine dinners are also designed and organized for private clientele for their wine loving guests.

This wine shop in Angeles Clark Philippines is also renowned for a very unique product called Vintage Beer which many characterize as “Champagne beer” because it comes in a bottle with a Champagne stopper and metal restrainer. Vintage beers are top-of-the-line luxury beers bottle-conditioned for a slow fermentation to take place inside the bottle, a process that is very similar to Champagne which is designed to not only create the bubbles but also for an amazing complexity and depth of flavors.

For fans of Port and Sauternes, this wine shop in Clark Pampanga has a large selection of vintage port, Sauternes and Barsac as well as Eiswein/Icewine from Austria and Germany. Likewise, there is a good selection of Vintage Champagne at the wine shoppers’ disposal in the cellars of this wine shop in Clark Pampanga.

Getting to this wine shop in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Philippines from Manila
Getting to the Clark Wine Center wine shop from Manila is quite simple: after entering Clark Freeport from Dau and Angeles City, proceed straight along the main highway M A Roxas. Clark Wine Center is the stand-along white building on the right, at the corner A Bonifacio Ave. From the Clark International Airport DMIA, ask the taxi to drive towards the entrance of Clark going to Angeles City. From Mimosa, just proceed towards the exit of Clark and this wine shop is on the opposite side of the main road M A Roxas.

Clark Wine Center
Bldg 6460 Clark Observatory Building
Manuel A. Roxas Highway corner A Bonifacio Ave,
Angeles Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga 2023
(045) 841 4006 / 0922-870-5173 / 0917-826-8790 (ask for Ana Fe)

YATS Wine Cellars
Manila Sales Office
3003C East Tower, Phil Stock Exchange Center,
Exchange Rd Ortigas Metro Manila, Philippines 1605
(632) 637-5019 0917-520-4393 ask for Rea or Chay

Best place to buy wine in Clark Pampanga outside Manila near Subic and Angeles City Philippines is Clark Wine Center. Visitors buy wine in Manila and Pampanga should not miss stopping at this wine shop for a few bottles of fine vintage wines to bring home.

Wedding couples looking for wedding reception venues and beach wedding venues can log on to this Philippines Wedding Venue web site for free information and assistance:

While in Clark, it might be a good idea to enjoy an evening of wine-and-dine in the fine dining Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar that features an award winning 2700-line wine list. It is located in Mimosa Leisure Estate of Clark Freeport Zone. For more information, visit

YATS Leisure Philippines is a developer and operator of clubs, resorts and high-class restaurants and wine shops in Clark Angeles Philippines

Looking for famous tourists spots, places to visit and see, relax and unwind in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines? You may want to check out these sites also:

Yats Restaurant is the best restaurant for special dinner, best restaurant for dinner with friends near Manila, also the best place to celebrate special events.

A Well-known Restaurant in Pampnga, an interesting place to celebrate Birthday Party in Pampnga.
A best place to dine with friends in Pampanga

Are you looking for an attractive restaurant or a nice place to eat with friends in Clark, Angeles City Pampanga? Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar is a restaurant with good food and good wines for dinner located at Clark Angeles City Pampanga. Perfect for exclusive dinner venues for groups, recommended for private dinner in Philippines. A Restaurant in Clark for business dinner meeting. Private dinner place or dinner restaurant in Clark Subic Near Manila Angeles City Pampanga. Yats Restaurant is one of the Good Restaurant in Pampanga Angeles City Clark near Manila.
Looking for interesting hotels near Manila Subic Clark Angeles City Pampanga?
Trouble free hotels and well recognized hotels in Subic Clark Angeles City Pampanga
Clearwater Resort and Country Club offers a good place to stay in Subic Clark Angeles City Pampanga. In offers nice place to have rest in Subic Pampanga outside Manila.
One of the Philippines top hotels in north Luzon.

Where to go in Clark? Hotel Clark Philippines is a De Luxe Hotel in Clark and Subic, a risk free place to stay, cozy and nice ambience, a nice function place for special occassion

You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply