Is sweet red wine good for you?
Most of the health benefits of wine come from the antioxidants in red grape skin. Therefore, red wines that sit in their skins longer are typically a healthier option than whites. However, the initial and residual sugar plays a big part in how healthy a red wine can be. So a sweeter red wine isn’t going to be as healthy as a dryer red with less residual sugars. But, consumed in moderation, a sweet red wine can still provide some health benefits.
What can you do with sweet red wine?
Besides just drinking your sweet red wine, you can also enjoy it in new ways. To play off the sweetness, reduce it to make a sweet syrup or jelly, mix up a sangria, or try our famous Red Wine Cookie recipe. Sweet reds can also be used for cooking savory dishes; just cut the sweetness with some acidity and reduce it into a glaze, or add it to a savory red sauce for a sweeter, richer flavor. Finally, try making some pickled onions or fruits with a splash of sweet red wine in the brine.
Where can I find inexpensive sweet red wine?
Finding a high-quality sweet red wine at an inexpensive price point is very doable, especially if it hasn’t undergone a long aging process. Most local wine and liquor stores, as well as many groceries, carry affordable sweet red wines. Some of the best options to consider, though, are your local wineries. At Chateau Grand Traverse, our entire collection of Grand Traverse Select wines are produced in a non-vintage style for better affordability. You can purchase online or visit us for a taste test!