Dessert wines are the under-appreciated secret to a great cellar. There's nothing like finishing a great meal paired with excellent wines like pulling out a rich, satisfying bottle of dark and decadent lusciousness.
Sweet, but not overwhelming, these wines pair gorgeously with dessert, but can be served on their own. Versatile as well, they're excellent lightly chilled in summer and richly warming by the fire in winter. Usually dominated by their fruit when young, they get deeper, with darker, more intense flavors rising as they age.
Of course, these are limited: order yours now to make sure you get them!
Yield: 3 gallons.
This is a pre-order wine kit and was released September 2021.
|Support Documents - Instructions||Click here for instructions|
|Wine Style||Other Red|
|Wine Region||North America|
|Includes Grape Skins||No|
Just finished bottling the Toasted Caramel - it's really tasty. We were able to get 14 bottles out of the batch (and the rest in a mason jar for quick sampling). It's a perfect after dinner Port with hints of Caramel. This will be a nice Christmas present to the family. We used our standard 6 gallon buckets, but really should get some smaller 3 gallon ones for the future - it worked fine in the 6 gallon buckets however.
I bought a specialty desert wine kit - a Toasted Caramel Port that I’ve made before and absolutely loved it. This time it was a little leaky. The outer box was very sturdy and it arrived with no dents or cuts. Upon opening it, I found the original manufacturer’s box completely wrapped in bubblewrap, also in good shape. But the inner box was stained with red juice in the bottom corner and when I tried to lift it out of the outside box by the handles the entire contents fell out the bottom and I was left holding an empty box. Thankfully, no liquid juice was spilled onto my kitchen floor. The juice bag was sticky and the instruction sheet was stained red but still legible. I cleaned everything up with damp rags but couldn’t find where the leak was. So I put the juice bag in a bucket for safe keeping and decided to attempt fermenting the wine anyway and be alert for potential contamination. Not a good start for an expensive wine kit.
Easy to make, carmel flavor is very nice. It's great thing to have when you want to mix it upa bit.
The juice pack was leaking and mold in box
Can't review because it is not bottled yet. I always get review questions before they are finished. The other dessert wines I have done e.g. raspberry mocha and black forest have been very good. I usually feel the need to add everclear or brandy before bottling to get alcohol content up where a port should be.