Serving sweet wine doesn’t have to be limited to Rieslings, as long as you have the proper wine glasses. Food Service Warehouse’s selection of dessert wine glasses is perfect for many types of sweet or dessert wines that you serve as aperitifs. Typically these glasses resemble traditional white wine glasses, but are much smaller in size and traditionally hold about two to four ounces at a time. Dessert wines are perfect for sipping in small quantities because they are very sweet and typically have a higher alcohol content than that of red or white wines.
In the United States, dessert wines and are served in dessert wine glasses. These sweet drinks are actually fortified wines, meaning that the wine is still made with traditional grapes, but a spirit is added to it in order to preserve the wine for longer periods of time. Many restaurants serve a variety of these dessert wines that are produced in various areas from around the world. One popular choice that is served in dessert wine glasses is sherry. Sherry is typically made out of white grapes that are grown in Jerez, Spain and is fortified with brandy after the wine fermentation is complete; leaving an initial dry taste that is followed by sweeter notes. Sherry is served in specially designed sherry glasses in order to enhance the full flavors of the fortified wine.
Another popular sweet wine is port wine, which is served in a variety of wine glasses specifically designed for it. Port wine is from Portugal and is fortified with spirits in the middle of the wine fermentation process, which makes it sweeter than sherry, in which all the sugar has turned to alcohol. In addition, Grappa is also considered a dessert wine, but is actually a grape-based brandy that comes from Italy and features fruity notes and deeper flavors. Grappa is made by distilling the skin, pulp, and seeds leftover from making traditional wine. Grappa is served in specially designed grappa glasses that resemble a tulip but feature rims that flair out from the glass, similar to a brandy snifter.
Regardless of whether your restaurant is serving any of these sweet wines, or perhaps you enjoy the flavors of oloroso and amontillado, our selection of dessert wine glasses will surely give you the perfect glass for your restaurant’s favorites.