For a lot of people new to wine, sweet red wines are a great entry point. As a culture, we are used to drinking sweetened drinks from an early age. Jumping directly into a dry, complex red wine may be too much for someone new to wine. Thankfully, there are some good sweet red wines that are readily accessible online or at your local grocer. In this post, we’ll look at 10 sweet red wines you can find easily to help start your journey into wine drinking.
Sweet Red Wine
Sweet red wines are a great way to enjoy red wine, without the full tannic flavors of traditional red wines like Cabernets or Bordeaux. If you are looking for something that is easier to drink, this variety of red maybe just for you. Sample several varieties until you find the one that pleases your palate.
What makes sweet red wine sweet?
When grape juice ferments into wine, grape sugar is converted into alcohol. Sweet wines are produced by stopping the fermentation a little early, leaving a touch of grape sugar behind in the wine. There are several ways to make sweet wines, but the most important difference is that one method uses neutral spirits and the other does not. This difference is important to note because some sweet red wines have high alcohol and should be served in half-sized portions
Here is a shortlist of sweet red wines that deserve any drinker’s radar. They also happen to be the perfect wine with chocolate.
Here are the 10 Sweet Red Wines Under ₦5k
1. Castillo Grande Sweet Red
Castillo Grande Sweet Red Wine is an affordable red wine which is produced in the Valencia region of Spain. It is made by blending the Tempranillo grape with the Mourvedre grape to produce a rich and sweet wine that has top notes of blackberries and low notes of honey with a velvety smooth taste on the palate and a soft finish. This wine expresses fun and excitement.
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2. Dominio Del Rey Sweet Red Wine
Dominio Del Rey Wine provides a rich and timeless taste. It is produced in small batches from grapes grown in the Valdepenas hardy terrain in Spain. Known for its heritage and progressiveness. This wine is brilliant and it comes with 4 different variants. This wine has floral aromas and the soft-elegant palate makes this wine an excellent companion for soup, fish, and seafood.
3. Apothic Red Blend
This is one of the more popular sweet red wines available right now. The winemakers did a nice job of creating a wine that can appeal to a new wine drinker while not overdoing the sweetness. You can enjoy this wine and get a sense of what is to come as you move into drier reds.
Apothic Red is a blend of zinfandel, merlot, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon. We feel that this is a zin driven wine with the flavor profile to match. The wine starts with a blast of ripe dark fruit, think black plums and cherries. Then you get an explosion of berry flavor followed by subtle notes of cocoa and vanilla. There is a fair amount of acidity that helps to balance out the sweetness, but you will get a lot of sweetness from this wine.
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4. Four Cousins Natural Sweet Red Wine
Four Cousins Natural Sweet Red Wine is South Africa’s best selling bottled brand. A fragrant, ruby-red wine with soft rose petal perfume. Flavors of ripe plums, strawberries, and exotic spices are followed by a soft, lingering finish. A sweet red wine, blended from dry red wine and grape juice made from 60% River Red and 40% grape Juice.
A wine for everyday enjoyment. Good with spicy foods, desserts & fruit salad.
5. Lamothe Parrot Mellow Reserve
Lamothe Parrot Mellow Reserve is a French wine from the Bardinet Vins International wine family. Sweet and fruity, Lamothe Parrot finishes delicately on your pallet and pairs delightfully with your favorite meals. The prestigious Lamothe Parrot Mellow Reserve wine is perfect for any occasion and it is one of the most preferred French wines in Nigeria. To serve, chill, and enjoy in moderation.
6. 4th Street Natural Sweet Red
4th Street is available in a Natural Sweet Red, the perfect combination of playful and edgy. A bold addition made for those on the go. The fruity sweetness comes from preserving fresh grape juice, allowing no fermentation. Careful blending in the cellar gives a wine low in alcohol while bursting with fruity freshness.
7. Escudo Rojo Red Wine
Escudo Rojo is a red wine from Chile with an alcohol content of 14%. It is elegant and has an attractive ruby red color. The taste is fresh, complex, and sweet. You will get some hint of ripe red fruits like raspberry, cherry, and blackberry. This is a perfect wedding wine.
8. Carlo Rossi Sweet Red
This sweet red wine is well balanced, light to medium-bodied red wine that has flavors of bright red fruits and fresh floral notes with a nice crisp finish. This sweet red wine is well balanced, light to medium-bodied red wine that has flavors of bright red fruits and fresh floral notes with a nice crisp finish. It’s just sweet enough to pair with your meal or enjoy with (or dare we say, as) dessert.
9. Barefoot Cellars Sweet Red Blend
Barefoot sweet red wine blend is a delicious combination of Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Grenache, and Petite Sirah. This wine is ripe and jammy with explosive flavors of raspberry, plum, and cherry for a soft and smooth finish.
Chill out (no seriously, try this chilled) with ripe, fruity notes of raspberry, pomegranate, and cherry.
10. Ruby Port
Ruby Port is a fortified sweet red wine that is rich and thick. Tawny Port has a golden color with raisin and toffee flavors. Port has a higher alcohol content than regular wine and it goes well with rich desserts that contain chocolate.
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