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        • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
          Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2011
          Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
          • WS99
          • JS98
          • RP97
          • WE97
          • JD95
          4.5 15 Ratings
          209 99
        • Inniskillin Vidal Icewine (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
          Inniskillin Vidal Icewine (375ML half-bottle) 2019
          Other Dessert from Canada
          • RP93
          • WE92
          4.8 6 Ratings
            59 99
          • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
            Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2019
            Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
            • JS96
            • WS94
            5.0 17 Ratings
            47 99
          • Graham's 30 Year Old Tawny Port Front Label
            Graham's 30 Year Old Tawny Port
            Port from Douro, Portugal
            • JS96
            • WE95
            • WS95
            • D95
            • RP94
            • WW94
            • W&S93
            4.6 74 Ratings
              149 99
            • Warre's Otima 10 Year Tawny Port (500ML)  Front Label
              Warre's Otima 10 Year Tawny Port (500ML)
              Port from Douro, Portugal
              • RP93
              • W&S91
              • WS91
              4.3 123 Ratings
                26 99
              • Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Ruby Port  Front Label
                Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Ruby Port
                Port from Douro, Portugal
                • D95
                • W&S91
                • WW91
                4.1 616 Ratings
                  24 99
                • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
                  Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016
                  Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
                  • JS97
                  • WE97
                  • JD97
                  • RP96
                  • D96
                  • WS93
                  4.2 53 Ratings
                  31 99
                • Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port Front Label
                  Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port
                  Port from Douro, Portugal
                  • D96
                  • JS94
                  • W&S93
                  • WS93
                  • WE90
                  4.5 415 Ratings
                  67 99
                • Ferreira Dona Antonia 20 Year Tawny Port Front Label
                  Ferreira Dona Antonia 20 Year Tawny Port
                  Port from Douro, Portugal
                  • D98
                  • WE93
                  • JS93
                  • WS92
                  4.3 65 Ratings
                    62 99
                  • Broadbent 10 Year Sercial Madeira Front Label
                    Broadbent 10 Year Sercial Madeira
                    Madeira from Madeira, Portugal
                    • WW91
                    • RP90
                    4.3 17 Ratings
                      60 99
                    • Graham's Vintage Port 2017  Front Label
                      Graham's Vintage Port 2017
                      Port from Douro, Portugal
                      • D98
                      • JS97
                      • WS97
                      • WE97
                      • RP97
                      • W&S93
                      0.0 0 Ratings
                      125 99
                    • Taylor Fladgate 30 Year Old Tawny Front Label
                      Taylor Fladgate 30 Year Old Tawny
                      Port from Douro, Portugal
                      • D96
                      • WS95
                      • JS95
                      • W&S93
                      • RP92
                      4.8 107 Ratings
                        139 99
                      • Lillet Blanc  Front Bottle Shot
                        Lillet Blanc
                        Vermouth from France
                        • WE92
                        4.5 175 Ratings
                          22 99
                        • Chocolate Shop Chocolate Red Wine Front Label
                          Chocolate Shop Chocolate Red Wine
                          Other Dessert from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                            4.1 489 Ratings
                              15
                              12 99
                              Save $2.01 (13%)
                            • Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino Sherry  Front Label
                              Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
                              Sherry from Jerez, Spain
                              • JS90
                              3.7 44 Ratings
                                23 99
                              • Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (1 Liter)  Front Bottle Shot
                                Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (1 Liter)
                                Vermouth from Italy
                                • WE95
                                4.6 264 Ratings
                                  49 99
                                • Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port Front Label
                                  Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port
                                  Port from Douro, Portugal
                                  • D93
                                  • W&S92
                                  • TP91
                                  • WS90
                                  4.2 481 Ratings
                                    21
                                    18 99
                                    Save $2.01 (10%)
                                  • Sandeman Apitiv Reserve White Port  Front Label
                                    Sandeman Apitiv Reserve White Port
                                    Port from Douro, Portugal
                                    • D93
                                    4.2 83 Ratings
                                      24 99
                                    • Broadbent 10 Year Boal Madeira Front Label
                                      Broadbent 10 Year Boal Madeira
                                      Madeira from Madeira, Portugal
                                      • WS92
                                      • WW90
                                      • RP90
                                      4.7 14 Ratings
                                        62 99
                                      • Ramos Pinto Fine White Port Front Label
                                        Ramos Pinto Fine White Port
                                        Port from Douro, Portugal
                                        • WW90
                                        4.1 48 Ratings
                                          22 99
                                        • Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle)  Front Bottle Shot
                                          Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle)
                                          Vermouth from Italy
                                          • WE95
                                          4.4 240 Ratings
                                            22 99
                                          • Ferreira Dona Antonia 10 Year Tawny Port Front Label
                                            Ferreira Dona Antonia 10 Year Tawny Port
                                            Port from Douro, Portugal
                                            • JS93
                                            • D91
                                            • WE91
                                            4.3 30 Ratings
                                              31 99
                                            • Broadbent 5 Year Madeira Reserve Front Label
                                              Broadbent 5 Year Madeira Reserve
                                              Madeira from Madeira, Portugal
                                                4.3 34 Ratings
                                                  31 99
                                                • Broadbent White Port  Front Label
                                                  Broadbent White Port
                                                  Port from Douro, Portugal
                                                    3.8 17 Ratings
                                                      24 99
                                                    • Sandeman 30 Year Old Tawny Front Label
                                                      Sandeman 30 Year Old Tawny
                                                      Port from Douro, Portugal
                                                      • WE94
                                                      • D94
                                                      • RP94
                                                      • JS94
                                                      • WS93
                                                      • W&S90
                                                      4.6 60 Ratings
                                                        119 99
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                                                      Learn about dessert, Sherry, Port & other fortified wine — the range of styles, how they are made and more …

                                                      What are the types and styles of dessert wine?

                                                      Dessert wines come in an impressive array of styles and sweetness levels. The most straightforward method for making dessert wine is quite simply a late harvest of wine grapes, though further distinctions arise based on country of origin. The main examples include Sauternes (France), Tokaji (Hungary) and ice wine (Germany and Canada).

                                                      What are the types and styles of fortified wine?

                                                      Fortified wines (meaning alcohol has been added during the winemaking process) include Sherry, Port, Madeira, Banyuls, Rutherglen and other very small-scale styles. Sherry comes in completely dry styles (Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Palo Cortado) and also in a range of sweetness levels. Madeira is typically sweet but can be made into a dry style. Port can be most simply separated into Tawny and Ruby styles. Vermouth, an herb-infused fine wine, is today popular among mixologists and other dessert wines are derived, not from wine grapes, but from different fruits.

                                                      How are dessert and fortified wines made?

                                                      As mentioned above, many wines in this category—like Sauternes and Tokaji—are produced by leaving the grapes on the vine long after the rest of the harvest has been processed in order to accumulate very high sugar levels. Often, a form of “noble” rot called botrytis plays a role, desiccating the grapes until only the very flavorful solids and sugars remain. These late-picked wines are, accordingly, often referred to as late-harvest wines. In colder climates, the grapes may be allowed to freeze on the vine for the production of ice wine. Other styles are made by letting the harvested grapes dry out (also concentrating sugars). Fortified wines are fortified with neutral spirits to increase the level of alcohol, and, depending on the final style of wine desired, arrest fermentation while some level, high to low (or no), residual sugar remains.

                                                      What gives dessert and fortified wines their color?

                                                      The different colors of most dessert wines come from the type of grape used and varying levels of oxidation during the winemaking process. The colors of Sherry and Port are mainly the result of oxidation, or lack thereof. Fino and Manzanilla styles are clear to pale gold because of the benevolent film-forming yeasts, called flor, that make a floating seal on the surface of the wine. This layer protects the wine from oxidation, and thus any browning. The other styles of Sherry use various levels of controlled oxidation, resulting in various hues of amber. The two basic styles of Port, Ruby and Tawny, also come in two basic colors, as noted by their names. Both styles are made from the same blend of Douro red varieties, but Tawny ports are tawny in color because they are made from a blend of vintages that have been aged in barrels and gradually exposed to oxygen. Ruby Ports retain their bright color because these wines are aged in barrel only for two to three years before bottling, thus minimizing any color change from oxidation.

                                                      How do you serve dessert and fortified wines?

                                                      Because of the typically higher sugar and alcohol content, the recommended serving size for most dessert, Sherry & Port wines is three ounces, which is smaller than for regular table wine. In general dessert wines should be served cold—a very sweet Tokaji is served at 40F; Sauternes are best at 50F. Fino and Manzanilla Sherries are best served at 45-50F, while the Amontillados, Olorosos and beyond, are best at 55F. Tawny Ports have a recommended serving temperature of 50-55F, whereas Ruby and Vintage Ports have a recommended serving temperature of 65F.

                                                      How long do dessert and fortified wines last?

                                                      High quality dessert wines such as Sauternes and Tokaji can often improve up to 10 to 20 years from bottling. Fino and Manzanilla Sherries should be consumed within a year or two of bottling since they are most appreciated for their freshness. Once opened, these are best consumed within a week. Store Amontillado Sherry up to about three years; once opened and refrigerated, these last two to three weeks before they decline. Store Oloro Sherry up to five years; once opened and refrigerated, these last a few weeks or longer. Cream Sherries are best consumed in their youth. Pedro Ximénez Sherry is a special case. It won’t necessarily improve with age, but is known to remain unchanged after many years of age. The two basic styles of Port can be further separated into an almost dizzying list of styles, but in general the only ones meant to age longer once bottled are crusted ports and vintage ports (from a declared vintage). Aside from those, LBV (late bottled vintage) ports should age about 4-6 years from the release date and the rest are ready to drink upon release. Fruit wines are not meant to age; the fresh fruit qualities of these wines are most prominent in their youth.

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