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        • 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
          • Osborne VORS Venerable 1902 VORS Pedro Ximenez Sherry (500ML)  Front Label
            Osborne VORS Venerable 1902 VORS Pedro Ximenez Sherry (500ML)
            Sherry from Jerez, Spain
            • D97
            • WS93
            • RP92
            • W&S92
            4.1 14 Ratings
            143
            119 99
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          • Gonzalez Byass La Copa Vermouth Extra Seco  Front Bottle Shot
            Gonzalez Byass La Copa Vermouth Extra Seco
            Vermouth from Jerez, Spain
            • WE96
            3.8 29 Ratings
              30 99
            • Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
              Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port (375ML half-bottle)
              Port from Douro, Portugal
              • D96
              • JS94
              • WS93
              • W&S93
              • WE90
              4.4 51 Ratings
              43 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
            • 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 73 Ratings
                149 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
                • Dow's 30 Year Old Tawny Port  Front Label
                  Dow's 30 Year Old Tawny Port
                  Port from Douro, Portugal
                  • WS95
                  • RP95
                  • WE94
                  • D92
                  4.8 17 Ratings
                    149 99
                  • Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Front Label
                    Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny
                    Port from Douro, Portugal
                    • D95
                    • WE94
                    • WS92
                    • W&S92
                    • RP92
                    4.7 129 Ratings
                      54 99
                    • Sandeman 20 Year Old Tawny  Front Label
                      Sandeman 20 Year Old Tawny
                      Port from Douro, Portugal
                      • WE95
                      • JS95
                      • D94
                      • WS93
                      • W&S93
                      • RP92
                      4.6 77 Ratings
                        64 99
                      • Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny Front Label
                        Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny
                        Port from Douro, Portugal
                        • TP95
                        • WE93
                        • WS93
                        • RP93
                        • D92
                        • W&S90
                        4.5 318 Ratings
                          53 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
                          • Hidalgo Napoleon Amontillado Sherry (500ML) Front Label
                            Hidalgo Napoleon Amontillado Sherry (500ML)
                            Sherry from Jerez, Spain
                            • TP95
                            • RP90
                            • D90
                            0.0 0 Ratings
                              18 99
                            • Dow's 40 Year Old Tawny Port  Front Label
                              Dow's 40 Year Old Tawny Port
                              Port from Douro, Portugal
                              • WS95
                              • WE93
                              • W&S91
                              4.8 15 Ratings
                              219 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
                              • Gonzalez Byass Apostoles Palo Cortado Sherry (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
                                Gonzalez Byass Apostoles Palo Cortado Sherry (375ML half-bottle)
                                Sherry from Jerez, Spain
                                • D95
                                • WE93
                                • WS92
                                • RP92
                                4.2 10 Ratings
                                  52 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
                                  • Poli Gran Bassano Vermouth Bianco  Front Bottle Shot
                                    Poli Gran Bassano Vermouth Bianco
                                    Vermouth from Veneto, Italy
                                    • WE94
                                    0.0 0 Ratings
                                      27 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
                                      • Mattei Cap Corse Blanc Quinquina  Front Bottle Shot
                                        Mattei Cap Corse Blanc Quinquina
                                        Other Fortified from Corsica, France
                                        • WE94
                                        0.0 0 Ratings
                                        25 99
                                      • Van Zellers & Co VZ 20 Years Old Tawny Port  Front Label
                                        Van Zellers & Co VZ 20 Years Old Tawny Port
                                        Port from Douro, Portugal
                                        • JS94
                                        • W&S93
                                        • WE92
                                        • RP92
                                        0.0 0 Ratings
                                          79 99
                                        • Ramos Pinto 30 Year Tawny Front Label
                                          Ramos Pinto 30 Year Tawny
                                          Port from Douro, Portugal
                                          • WE94
                                          • WW94
                                          • D94
                                          • WS93
                                          • RP93
                                          • W&S93
                                          4.5 23 Ratings
                                            119 99
                                          • Gonzalez Byass Noe Sherry (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
                                            Gonzalez Byass Noe Sherry (375ML half-bottle)
                                            Sherry from Jerez, Spain
                                            • WS94
                                            • WE94
                                            • D91
                                            4.2 11 Ratings
                                              29 99
                                            • Niepoort 10 Years Old Tawny Port Front Label
                                              Niepoort 10 Years Old Tawny Port
                                              Port from Douro, Portugal
                                              • JS94
                                              • D94
                                              • WE90
                                              0.0 0 Ratings
                                                51 99
                                              • Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny in Gift Box Front Label
                                                Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny in Gift Box
                                                Port from Australia
                                                • WW94
                                                • RP92
                                                4.7 64 Ratings
                                                99 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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