August 15, 2008, Newsletter Issue #134: Late Harvest

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A late harvest wine is one whose grapes have been harvested after they have fully ripened. In some cases, the grapes have been affected by a particular type of mold known as Botrytis cinerea, which causes the grapes to lose water, increasing the concentration of their natural sugars. Late harvest wines typically have higher alcohol and residual sugars, and hence stronger and sweeter flavors than other wines, and can be served as dessert wines. Examples of late harvest wines include Late Harvest White Riesling and Late Harvest Pinot Gris.

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