Fortified wines are wines produced by the addition of grape spirits (brandy) during fermentation, which retards the conversion of grape sugars to alcohol. The result is a sweet wine of 8-12 percent residual sugar and 17 to 20 percent alcohol.
Fortified wines are produced in all wine regions throughout the world. There are several different styles of fortified wines including:
Port and Port-style wines
Sherry and Sherry-style wines
While generally classified as “dessert” wines, fortified wines are well-matched with a wide variety of cuisines including savory, spicy, rich dishes as well as chocolate, cheese and nuts as an aperitif or after meal finale.