Hi Steve. Vendange Tardive wines are Alsace’s very late harvest wines. Produced in tiny quantities and usually bottled in half bottles, the wines (especially the Vendange Tardive rieslings) are exquisite. As you probably know, there’s a strong cultural practice in France to serve a sweet wine along with a decadent food (like foie gras) as an appetizer. As a way of kicking off a meal, it certainly makes a statement. But I have to say, I’ve never found the idea appealing. Sweet wine and rich foods have a big satiating effect on the body. After an appetizer like that, I want to go to sleep, not continue on to more courses. I prefer to serve Vendange Tardive wines by themselves in place of dessert. A small glass is a sensational way to end the day. As a final point, in my opinion, these wines develop very well in bottle, especially in the slightly larger 500 ml bottles rather than 375 ml half bottles.
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