Fortified Wines

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

                                                Vermouth

                                                Madeira

                                                Marsala

                                                Málaga

                                                Montilla-Moriles

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.

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Fortified Wine