After having dinner at one restaurant during the Plymouth Art Fair, we ventured off for dessert at another restaurant, as I was telling them about a great dessert that I have had there before. Alas in the time lag between visits, the restaurant acquired a new chef and he ceased offering the dessert that I was talking about, because of the high costs of part of the preparation.
A couple of us decided on trying some dessert wines while we were there. They had several wines in this category to select from, but three of them were Port wines and these were voted down, in anticipation that they might be too sweet, even after my assurance. That was fine, as there were two other wines that I thought sounded too good to pass up. The first wine was by a favored winery of mine in the Traverse City area and it was Chateau Chantal Cerise and it was non-vintage, which is understandable as this wine is a Cherry wine with a special taste and richness, with just a subtle cherry taste. It was neither sweet nor cloying; I would venture to say very satisfying and showed a nuance that I have not found offered by some other dessert wines. The other wine we tried was from a famed area noted for desert wines in Italy, using one of the oldest of grape varietals recorded in history and lore. We tried a glass of Brogo Maraliano “La Caliera” Moscato di Asti also a non-vintage wine. This varietal is known as Moscatel in Spain and Portugal, and here in the New World as Muscat. For a dessert wine this is a very crisp wine with a slight sparkle, or as they say in Italian “frizzante,” also not overpowering, but subtle and a very clean taste. Both of these wines, I feel could be appreciated by anyone, even those that claim that they do not like sweet wines, and it was a wonderful way to end the evening as we all departed on our ways.