Monday, September 2, 2013

Wine Tip of the Week - They are Called Fortified Wines for a Reason!

You may have seen some dessert wines referred to as fortified.  The exact method may vary, but fortified wines are wines where a distilled spirit (typically brandy) is added to the wine. Wines that are fortified include:
  • Madeira
  • Marsala
  • Port
  • Sherry
  • Vermouth
These wines are delicious, and easy to enjoy at the end of a great meal by themselves or along with a great dessert. Take care though - as with the addition of the distilled spirits, the alcohol levels can climb to as high as 22% (a high alcohol regular wine is 15% or so).  The graphic below gives you an idea of how wine and fortified wines stack up to other drinks in terms of alcohol content... Enjoy responsibly!

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