I don't really drink dessert wines usually.
At Vino 2010 and a just a couple of days ago at Tre Bicchieri tasting, I discovered Vino Passito and have grown fond of it.
When I noticed Your Tenderest Twosome offered by The Domestic Goddess as the theme for Wine Blogging Wednesday #66 in tandem with Sugar High Fridays, I had grapes to pick on.
Maybe because it is the latest that I tasted and the memory is still fresh, I decided to go with Ben Rye Vino Passito di Pantelleria (08).
It is 100% Zibibbo grapes (also known as Moscato d' Alessandria).
Making Passito starts with letting the grapes dry after harvesting them.
You can sense orange flavors in this Passito. What I like about it is while intense it is not sugary sweet, rather sweet and subtle.
I would give it a try with an almond or nut cake or if you are in the mood for sipping , munching and taking it slow, get some almonds, nuts, figs and hard cheeses and enjoy the moment.
Pairings are often a very subjective matter.
Nick Stephens of Bordeaux Undiscovered gives us in Pantelleria, Passito and Carole Bouquet (October 08) a guided tour to Passito's history and roots.
Sweet dreams, sea and sun!