Dessert & Fortified Wines

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Defining Dessert and Fortified Wines

Dessert wines and fortified wines aren’t mainstream beverages that you want to drink every day. Some dessert and fortified wines are much higher in alcohol than regular wines, and some of them are extremely [more…]

Sherry: A Misunderstood Wine

Sherry is an alcohol-added white wine of true quality and diversity that can be sweet or dry. Sherry-type wines remain undiscovered by most of the world. This helps keep the price of good Sherry attractively [more…]

The Styles of Dry and Sweet Sherry Wines

New styles of Sherry wines occur when the natural course of aging changes the character of a Sherry so that its taste no longer conforms to one of the two main categories [more…]

The Styles of Port Wine

Port is the world’s greatest fortified (alcohol-added) red wine. Port takes its name from the city of Oporto, situated where Portugal's Douro River empties into the Atlantic Ocean. But its vineyards are [more…]

Sweet California Dessert Wines

Sweet wines, also called dessert wines, date back to the earliest days of California wine production. Until the 1960s, dessert wines were more popular nationwide than dry table wines. Today, they represent [more…]

The Basics of Madeira Wine

The legendary wine called Madeira comes from the island of the same name, which sits in the Atlantic Ocean, nearer to Africa than Europe. Madeira is a subtropical island whose precarious hillside vineyards [more…]

Madeira Styles and Grape Varieties

You never have to worry about Madeira getting too old. It’s indestructible. The enemies of wine — heat and oxygen — have already had their way with Madeira during the winemaking and maturing process. Nothing [more…]

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