American Fortified Wine Weekend

The Sweet and Fortified Wine Association has declared Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 2019 as national

​​The purpose of this special wine day event is to celebrate one of  the nation's  most historic, celebrated, and  versatile  luxury beverages - American Fortified Wine.

Americans were producing fortified wines ​​before our independence from Great Britain.  Angelica, America's proprietary fortified wine was first produced by souther California mission priests in the early 1800s and was the beverage of choice for California's gold rush miners and settlers

Today, over 1,000 American  winemakers across the nation are producing  world-class fortified wines including port-style, sherry-style, Madeira-style, and Vermouth.  These  uniquely crafted wines are truly American made from from over 50 grape varieties grown in the American vineyards.   

Join us to experience the ​​rich heritage of distinctly American fortified wine.  Here are some ways you can celebrate national AMERICAN FORTIFIED WINE WEEKEND

1.  Go American Fortified Wine Tasting​​
American fortified wines are produced in 38 states  from                     California, Washington, and Oregon to New  York,                               Massachusetts, and Virginia.   American Heartland states                     including  Ohio, Missouri, and Texas also produce luxurious               fortified wines of exceptional quality and style.  Check the                 internet for wineries in your area producing fortified wines or e-         mail the Sweet and Fortified Wine Association                                     ( for a list of producers near you.

2.  ​​Pair American Fortified Wines with Foods Other             Than Dessert
Fortified wine may well be America's most versatile wine type.         They pair well with almost any cuisine and can be the basis                of  delicious, hearty sauces and marinades.  Try a fortified                  wine with snacks like potato chips or cheese dip.  How about a          fortified wine cocktail on the rocks with a twist.  Of course,                fortified wines make any dessert from chocolate to fresh                      berries a special treat.  E-mail for                specific pairing suggestions and recipes. 

3.  Learn More About American Fortified Wine​​
T​he story of American fortified wine history,  production, and              enjoyment is a fascinating tale little appreciated by American              wine consumers.  You can get more information about                        American fortified wines by visiting you local winery or wine            store.  

Fortified Wine - The Essential Guide to American Port-style            and Fortified Wine ​ is an excellent source of  information on              the history and production American fortified wines including a          listing of selected American producers.  The book is available            at most book sellers and through

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​national American Fortified Wine Weekend


American Fortified Wine Weekend