Vineyard: Williamsburg Winery
Variety: 56% Muscat Ottonel, 44% Vidal Blanc
Region: Virginia, United States
Food Pairing Suggestions: Semi sweet fruit tarts, apricot preserves, rosemary shortbread.
My Tasting Notes: Beautifully floral and fragrant beginning with notes of honey suckle and apricot, layers of white florals, bananas and vanilla cream.
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John and I have an ongoing banter about what he describes as my ‘blatant disrespect’ for sweet wines. In my mind, the sweet wines were never anything to take very seriously. If you have ever tasted a few sugary, terrible sweet wines you will understand where I am coming from. He has continued to insist there are good, respectable sweet wines. For our anniversary we enjoyed a tasting at Williamsburg Winery, and I purposely chose to add some sweeter wines to my tasting, finally discovering a dessert wine that I would highly recommend. In fact, I absolutely loved it. And my husband loves to be able to say, “I told you so.”
You were right John, music to his ears on our anniversary.
This sweet Petite Fleur has the intensity and complexity I enjoy in my favorite dry wines. This wine is beautifully floral and fragrant opening into notes of honey suckle and apricot, deepening into notes of white florals, bananas, and vanilla cream.
My top pairing suggestion is a creamy, semi sweet tart, recipe by The Bojon Gourmet. This is not only harvest season but also the brief season of fresh figs here in the South. This wine along with a seasonal fruit tart is the perfect way to merge summer into autumn. Delicate flavors of ginger and chestnut cream in the tart compliment the honeysuckle and dried apricots in the Petite Fleur.
There were quite a few wines we enjoyed on our Tasting at Williamsburg Winery. I look forward to sharing our top picks in an upcoming article. Cheers!
Cover Photo and Photos 2 and 3 of the Ginger Fig Tart with Chestnut Almond Crust by The Bojon Gourmet. Used with permission.
Photos 1 and 4 press photographs by Williamsburg Winery.