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Weekly Wine Pick: Airfield Estates Runway Late Harvest Riesling Yakima Valley 2013

This pairs well with a variety of pies, but it’s also sweet enough to be the dessert itself.

By Sean P. Sullivan October 8, 2015

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What: Airfield Estates Runway Late Harvest Riesling Yakima Valley 2013 $15 

Where: Esquin Wine & Spirits, Wine World and Spirits, Fred Meyer 

Why: We often talk about pairing a wine with a main course at dinner but here is another spot where wine can fit in well at the dinner table—dessert. Depending on what you are serving, sweet wines can be a good choice. The rule of thumb is that you want the wine being served to be as sweet or sweeter than the dessert itself, otherwise the wine will taste sour. 

There are a wide variety of sweet dessert-style wines to choose from, from ice wines where the grapes are frozen on the vine so that the flavors become concentrated to late harvest wines (see a good dessert wine summary from our friends at Wine Folly). With late harvest wines, as the name would suggest, the grapes are picked later than normal. As a result, the grapes are dehydrated and the flavors concentrated. 

An excellent, well-priced example of a late harvest wine is the Airfield Estates Runway Late Harvest Riesling Yakima Valley 2013 ($15, 375ml). It’s sweet and rich with flavors of honey and apricot. It would be a terrific pairing with a variety of pies, but it’s also sweet enough to be the dessert itself.

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