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Recommendation for sweet white wine?

Hi there,
is there anyone who likes sweet white wines and could give me some recommendation what (and where) to buy it in Basel?
I tried several white wines bought at Migros and Coop. NO luck.
I have no idea how to choose a sweet swiss wine as they don't write it on the labels .
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

How sweet are we talking about?

Sauternes is a very nice sweet wine. But it is sweet. You don't drink it with a meal but as an aperitif or with a first course.
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

But it's French wine, not Swiss, right?

I like something I can have with food. So maybe some medium sweet?
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

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Vin White - Sweet and semi-sweet Late-harvest wines:
Amigne, Marsanne Blanche (Ermitage), Petite Arvine, Pinot Gris (Malvoisie), Sylvaner (Johannisberg), Sélection de Grains Nobles. Valais and Vaud.
Suggestions: Delicious with crème brûlée and other desserts, as well as blue cheeses (Roquefort, Stilton). Depending on the sweetness and on one's tastes, these wines can also be served with foie gras and with meat dishes having a hint of sweetness.
Oriental cuisine: spicy dishes and exotic fruits.
Serving temperature: 7-9°C (45-48°F)
From here:

http://www.swisswine.ch/english/gast...return%20false

I personally enjoy Luins, Fechy and Vully - all about medium.

...... and I buy nearly all my wine from Landi and a bit from Aldi.

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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

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But it's French wine, not Swiss, right?

I like something I can have with food. So maybe some medium sweet?
I missed the "Swiss" bit. I'm not sure what you mean by "medium sweet" is, in that a Sauternes for me is "medium sweet".

So, you are looking for less sweet than a Sauternes?

ETA: Great site posted by TiMow.
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

When you say 'sweet' I suspect you are talking about being sweet in comparison to a bone-dry white wine rather than something that is really sweet and intended to be drunk separately.

And you're in luck, because for my money, these are some of the best wines that Switzerland has to offer. (I'm not much of a fan of Swiss red wine)

I would choose one of the following, in rough order of sweetness:

Gewürztraminer
Riesling
Sylvaner
Pinot Gris

At least with the first three wines, you can get a wide range of sweetnesses depending on the vintner. None will be bone dry, but some are just off-dry and floral/perfumy while others are quite sugary. I personally find Pinot Gris too sweet except with a handful of spicy foods, but your palate may be different.

Best advice is to put yourself in the hands of a good wine merchant and let him/her steer you. Let them know how sweet 'sweet' is for you, and they'll point you to the right bottle.

I don't know what you want to spend on a bottle, but if you don't mind spending a little bit on a decent bottle (CHF30-40), Paul Ullrich is a good choice as they'll give you excellent advice. They're just off Marktplatz, opposite the Hotel Basel. Here's their list of Swiss wines: http://www.ullrich.ch/shop/weine/lan...UNFTLAND_ID=59
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

I think it's hard to get advice on something so subjective in a Forum. If you'd like to sample and make a choice for yourself, head on over to Globus. They regularly have several bottles from different countries (including CH) available to try. Just don't take more than two pieces of bread.
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

Gewürztramier is a fabulous dessert wine.
As for wine-tasting, later this year:
http://www.expovina.ch/neu/index.php...ommen-Expovina
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

you could try an ice wine, coop sell a nice reasonably priced German Ice Wine 14.50CHF a bottle, it's in a tall thin black bottle called NachtGold. Not sure if the Swiss produce Ice Wine but if they do it will be sweet.
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

Just for the benefit of the original poster --

You're getting mixed suggestions here. Some of the suggestions are of sweeter wines that would pair with your main course. Others are suggesting very sweet wines that are designed to pair with a dessert or specific savory foods (like foie gras).

These are two very different things, so it's best to be clear about what you're after.

I had a friend (who didn't know a great deal about wine) present me with a bottle of (very sweet) Tokay and against my polite protest, insisted that we drink it with dinner. The bottle was a dessert wine, and was nearly undrinkable in large quantities or with savory food. It was a disaster (and a shame, because a decent bottle of Tokay is a real pleasure with dessert).
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

Liebsfraumilch (sp?),
Gewurtraminer (sp?)
Riesling

Any of those should do it...
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

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Hi there,
is there anyone who likes sweet white wines and could give me some recommendation what (and where) to buy it in Basel?
I tried several white wines bought at Migros and Coop. NO luck.
I have no idea how to choose a sweet swiss wine as they don't write it on the labels .
Thanks.
Valais rose wines are also quite sweet or perhaps a johanisberger
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

I would go for a Tokaji, they are simply amazing, sweet but with a lovely sour undertone. Perfect.
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

Hi,

I appreciate white wine from Muscato D'Asti from Italy. It is a dessert wine made from Mucaro Bianco grape but I like to drink this combined with cheese too.
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

Thanks guys for all those advices. Now I just have to find them at the shop. Last time I tried online version of Coop shop but couldn't find single wine from there in the shop. Guess I'm going to wrong shops
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

Plenty of posters have already recommended it: Gewürztraminer. Get a bottle from Coop and then work your way through the other great Alsace wines. (It's almost Swiss and you live really close...)
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Guess I'm going to wrong shops
Yes - unless you really want Swiss wines. You live next to Alsace that is famous for its white wines. Try across the border.
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Thanks guys for all those advices. Now I just have to find them at the shop. Last time I tried online version of Coop shop but couldn't find single wine from there in the shop. Guess I'm going to wrong shops
I can't say I've ever used Coop online (I'd rather just get on my bike...). But this seems like a good page to start:

http://www.coopathome.ch/b2c_coop/ap...30109&nav=WEIN
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough region New Zealand. They are always good...

I had some just the other night with my salmon fillets i bought from Aldi.

Top feed all round...
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Re: Recommendation for sweet white wine?

I opened a bottle of Malvoisie 1998 yesterday (from Valais), 14% but a nice apero wine (similar to an Alsace Tokay Vendenges Tardives).

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