Muscat Love: Eastern Standard’s Colleen Hein Shares Five Dessert Wine Crushes
Because itâs never a bad idea to end on a cordial note.
A buttery hunk of bread pudding isnât always in the cards after a multicourse repast. Sometimes finishing the evening with a sweet sip can be immensely more satisfyingâa feeling Eastern Standard wine director Colleen Hein knows all too well. âI am one of those diners whose eyes are bigger than my stomach. By the time I get to the dessert course, Iâm often full,â she says. âI find myself looking toward what I refer to with guests as âdesserts by way of glass.ââ Thatâs why she keeps her dessert-wine list at ES varied, with more than a dozen offerings and the option to enjoy a flight of three for $14. Here, a cheat sheet to Heinâs post-prandial crushesâand where to find them.
From left to right:
1. ALVEARÂ “SOLERA 1927â PEDRO XIMĂNEZ
âThis canât technically be called sherry because itâs not produced within Jerez, but itâs very similar. It pours almost like motor oil because itâs so dark and viscous. It has raisiny characteristics, and is caramelly with a bit of saltiness.â
$25 for 350 milliliters, Bauer Wine and Spirits.
2. ELIO PERRONE “SOURGAL” MOSCATO D’ASTI
âThink of moscato as being very friendly, always offering a great value. This has an effervescence and charming stone-fruit character, with notes of tropical fruit.â
$18, Wine Bottega (call in advance to confirm availability).
3. DOMAINE DU TRAGINER BANYULS BLANC
âThings get a bit more serious with this wine, as it is fortified. You feel the impact of the heightened alcohol, and itâs more cloudy, with notes of baked fruit and baking spices. This will appeal to lovers of madeira, port, and sherry.â
$43, South End Formaggio.
4. CASCINA GARITINA “NIADES” BRACHETTO D’ACQUI
âVisually in the glass this sparkler has a deeper, raspberry hue, and with that you get raspberry and blackberry characteristics. Itâs undoubtedly on the sweet category of the wine side.â
$15, Wine and Cheese Cask.
Â 5. JORGE ORDOĂEZ & CO. “#2” MUSCAT
âLoosely related to moscato is this wine from MĂĄlaga in southern Spain. This is made in sweet wine form, with no effervescenceâbut similar flavors come through. There are notes of candied pineapple, papaya, and overripe nectarine.â
$25, Wine and Cheese Cask.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/article/2014/01/28/dessert-wines-boston/