Bonny Doon Vineyard Vol des Anges 2006

Quite possibly the best Bonny Doon wine I’ve ever tasted, this deliciously balanced dessert wine melts on the tongue. Ripe peaches, apricots dripping in honey gush from this late-harvest Roussanne. 4.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=7 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $30

Alice White 2006 White Lexia SE Australia

Sugar, spice and everything nice, including Grandma’s lilac perfume. Smell the ripe peaches and apricots, then taste the pineapple. Not cloyingly sweet, but try this with any peach dessert, and you’re primed for anything. 4 stars out of 5. Sweetness=5 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $9

Alice White 2006 Red Lexia SE Australia

The sweeter red brother of the White Lexia, complete with the lovely lilac smell. More red fruit … think strawberry sangria with watermelon Jolly Ranchers floating in it. Fun to trick red wine fans into drinking a sweet wine. 3.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=6 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $9.

Michele Chiarlo Nivole 2004 Moscato d’Asti

Like the wine coolers you drank in high school and college, this is a fizzy Italian sipper loaded with sweet pear, apricot and peaches. Delicious, but you can’t drink a lot of it. That’s why it only comes in half bottles.3.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=7 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $14.

Blandy’s Alvada 5-Year Madeira

Madeira, produced in a similar fashion to Port wine on a Portuguese-owned island in the Atlantic Ocean, used to be the rage about 200 years ago. It’s trying to make a comeback, and this is a fine example of a delicious effort. Rich, raisin-y with luscious dried plums and roasted nuts. You can also taste cream and burnt sugar

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Graham 10-Year Tawny Port

Like ripe black cherries soaked in brown sugar, butter and maple syrup. After some time in the glass, it offers a pecan praline flavor that lasts for minutes. 3.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=7 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $30

Sandeman 20-Year Tawny Port

Honey with dried orange and roasted almonds. A bit of astringent alcohol, but quite nice. 4 stars out of 5. Sweetness=8 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $40

Fonseca Bin 27 (Portugal)

An almost feminine young special ruby with lively blackberry and dark roasted cherries. Balanced alcohol and dangerously easy to drink. 4 stars out of 5. Sweetness=5 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $18

Cockburn 1998 Late Bottled Vintage Port

Aroma of almonds steeped in rose water, with the sip giving dark roasted or grilled berries. Finish of intense caramel and raisins.3.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=6 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $20

Meeker 2003 FroZin Mendocino (California)

A dessert zin for those who love them. Liquid sugar, laced with orange peel, strawberry and raspberry. Delicious. 4 stars out of 5. Sweetness=9 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $27