There does seem to be a fairly widespread blind-spot among wine drinkers when it comes to sweet wines – I don’t know if it’s the result of one bad experience or, perhaps, because it’s not considered ‘cool’ to enjoy them; although, if you are going to enjoy a dessert wine, cool (a half an hour or so in the fridge) is the right way!
But people frequently change their mind about sweet wine if you can get them to try one, but they do need persuading. Consequently, sweet wines are more commonly bought in shops that offer professional advice to customers rather than in supermarkets, that, with rare exceptions, don’t. So, I give 10 out of 10 to Waitrose for going against the trend and putting an obscure dessert wine on their shelves, but dressing it up to attract maximum attention.
Their “Seriously Peachy” (£8.99 for a half bottle) has a striking black, orange and white label. Yes, it does mention that it’s a dessert wine and where it comes from, but it’s the Seriously Peachy that catches the eye and says ‘try me’. And, if you do, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It’s a lovely, light, delicate, gently sweet wine, not at all cloying and with the seriously peachy aromas and flavours promised on the label. It actually comes from south-west France from the little-known (and difficult to pronounce!) Appellation of Pacherenc du Vic Bilh in the foothills of the Pyrenees and is made from the equally little-known but high quality local grape Petit Manseng (also used in another of my favourite wines, Jurançon).
It’s a great wine to enjoy with fruit desserts or lemon tart and, if you think it’s a bit expensive for just a half bottle, we opened one with the pudding course at a dinner party with friends recently and the half easily satisfied 4 keen wine lovers.
Do give it a try if you’re near a Waitrose (or you can buy it on line).