Editor’s note: Judges for the 2021 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition awarded this wine Best Dessert honors. The wine earned a Gold Medal from judges.

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery

NV Ruby Port, Lake Chelan $29

Judges’ notes: Almost anyone can make sweet wine, but it takes experience and talent to craft a Port-style as well constructed as this. This is filled with red currant and black cherry, which bring in secondary notes of Baker’s chocolate and saddle leather and a finish with pepper. The residual sugar, tannin structure and alcohol strike a delicious balance that’s not cloying. Enjoy with a board of charcuterie at The Café Myth on the Benson estate, which offers perhaps the best view of Lake Chelan from Manson. Or drink it during an evening at home with a wedge of Stilton cheese and a fistful of toasted filberts.

For current tasting room hours call the winery or visit its website.

754 Winesap Ave., Manson

(509) 687-0313, Ext. 106

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