YES, I TOTALLY AGREE that Malaysians have a sweet tooth, so when it comes to wines, it is no surprise that a handful of us are hooked on sweet wines. For today, I would not touch on Port, Madeira, Marsala and dessert wines as I feel these wine varieties are not easily available in Malaysia. Instead I will focus more on the white and the red wines that are widely available on the shelves.
One of my favourite wines is Riesling as it is one of the most versatile wines for all cuisines. The famous ones are usually made from Germany. The wines would usually need to be served well chilled in order to release the flavour. Another plus point of the wine is that it definitely can be drunk on its own.
This grape can be found in many regions spanning Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and even Australia. It can be found in a semi-sparkling or still white wine. In comparison to Riesling, Muscato or Moscato would generally be much sweeter. It is a definite chill-out wine especially for the hot and humid weather.
This wine usually only has a hint of sweetness but it is still considered as sweet. Originally from Loire, France, it has become one of the notable grapes of South Africa. Chenin Blanc wine style includes on its own or mixture for instance with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. I personally prefer the pure blend of Chenin Blanc and my preference is for South African as it is affordable and widely available.
Compared to the whites, the reds are never as sweet as the whites as the tannin level of reds are higher than whites. Nevertheless, here are a few which can fit the bill.
An Italian wine always been associated with Verona, the birthplace of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The wine has a slight sweetness and is obtained from the drying process of grapes on straw mats for several months to concentrate sugars. However, it is still considered a dry wine due to its high alcohol content. My two cents worth of advice, ensure it can be properly chilled as the hotter the wine, the more the alcohol presence will be felt.
If Amarone is not your liking then you should try this wine from Italy’s Piedmont region which has the same slight sweetness. However, it is also a light, fruity wine, making it a red wine that many find more acceptable than heavier reds.
Trina is the founder of Wine Tasting Malaysia, an online based wine enthusiast group with weekly wine tasting events all around the Klang Valley. Often found with a wine glass in her hand, she truly believes life is so much more WINEderful with wines. She is currently on a quest to gather 1000 wine enthusiasts in Malaysia. Be part of her quest by joining Wine Tasting Malaysia via Wine Tasting Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) ─ Meetup or Facebook’s winetastingmalaysia She calls Subang Jaya her home and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org