I’ve been hard at work perfecting my limoncello. With that in mind, I’ve been sipping on a dessert wine at day’s end called IPSUS Pantelleria Passito. I came upon this inexpensive, and fun dessert wine in Trader Joe’s a long while ago and have been enjoying it ever since.
IPSUS Pantelleria Passito
Try as I might I was unable to find out much about this dessert wine. What I did learn was that IPSUS Pantelleria Passito comes from the ancient and historic Island of Pantelleria, located between Sicily and Africa in the middle of the Mediterranean. This island is noted for its sweet wines produced from the Zibibbo grape, otherwise known as the Muscat grape. Many would say this dessert wine is not as elegant as some Moscatos, but it’s quite delightful nonetheless.
The Muscat grape varietal is now one of the more versatile wine grapes grown around the world. It is an ancient varietal, dating back many centuries. Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania determined from examining the pots that were excavated from King Midas’s burial mound, that the Muscat grape was an essential element in the alcoholic beverage served at his funeral feast. It’s considered to be one of the first wild grape varietals to be domesticated.
“Made with Moscato Grapes, IPSUS Pantelleria Passito has an extremely fruity bouquet with hints of apricot and raisins, ideal with any kind of dessert. It pairs nicely with an apricot tarte.”
You can find IPSUS Pantelleria Passito at Trader Joe’s or similar wines of this type on wine.com, totalwine.com, amazon.com, bevmo.com, Cost Plus World Market or many other grocery stores or wine markets.
If you enjoy a good dessert wine now and then, IPSUS Pantelleria Passito is a great choice. I especially like it when I need a bit of sweet without much fuss. Enjoy!
Oh, and, by the way, check out my homemade limoncello. It’s pretty cool stuff. 🙂