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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
          • 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 Vintage Port 2018  Front Label
            Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2018
            Port from Douro, Portugal
            • WE98
            • WS96
            • RP95
            0.0 0 Ratings
            119 99
          • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
            Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
            Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
            • JS98
            • V97
            • D96
            • WE96
            • RP95
            • WS93
            0.0 0 Ratings
            64 97
          • Wine & Soul Pintas Vintage Port 2019  Front Label
            Wine & Soul Pintas Vintage Port 2019
            Port from Douro, Portugal
            • RP97
            • WS94
            0.0 0 Ratings
            115 99
          • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2005 Front Label
            Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2005
            Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
            • RP97
            • WE97
            • WS97
            • JS95
            4.5 20 Ratings
            430 99
          • Quinta de la Rosa Vintage Port 2018  Front Label
            Quinta de la Rosa Vintage Port 2018
            Port from Douro, Portugal
            • WS96
            • JS96
            • WE94
            • W&S94
            0.0 0 Ratings
              92 99
            • 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
              • Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
                Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
                Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
                • WE96
                • D95
                • RP93
                • JS91
                0.0 0 Ratings
                  39 97
                • Sandeman Vintage Port 2018  Front Label
                  Sandeman Vintage Port 2018
                  Port from Douro, Portugal
                  • WE96
                  • WS94
                  • RP94
                  • JS93
                  • W&S90
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                    149 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 74 Ratings
                      149 99
                    • Cockburn's Vintage Port 2015 Front Label
                      Cockburn's Vintage Port 2015
                      Port from Douro, Portugal
                      • D96
                      • JS94
                      • WS92
                      • RP91
                      4.2 5 Ratings
                      85
                      69 99
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                    • 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
                        • 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
                          • 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
                          • 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
                            • 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
                              • 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
                                • 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
                                  • Van Zellers & Co VZ 30 Years Old Tawny Port  Front Label
                                    Van Zellers & Co VZ 30 Years Old Tawny Port
                                    Port from Douro, Portugal
                                    • RP94
                                    • WE93
                                    0.0 0 Ratings
                                      119 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
                                    • Fonseca Guimaraens Port 2018  Front Label
                                      Fonseca Guimaraens Port 2018
                                      Port from Douro, Portugal
                                      • WE94
                                      • JS93
                                      • RP92
                                      0.0 0 Ratings
                                        57 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
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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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