fortified wine


Definition of fortified wine

: a wine (such as sherry) to which alcohol usually in the form of grape brandy has been added during or after fermentation

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Recent Examples on the Web The plan is to turn the fruit into Angelica, a historic style of sweet, fortified wine that was popular during the early years of California’s Franciscan Missions. Esther Mobley,, "The wine bar story I’ve waited seven months to write," 15 Oct. 2020 Consider pairing a raw fruit shrub with a botanical gin or muddled raw fruit with a lighter fortified wine like Manzanilla sherry. Mackenzie Fegan, Bon Appétit, "Summer’s Last Hurrah Calls For Fruit in All Your Cocktails," 4 Sep. 2020 Eat the cake while sipping on a fortified wine like sherry or Madeira — something that can put up a fight against the its big dairy flavor. Soleil Ho,, "Bay Area cheesecake Basuku finds a cult following through Instagram for delicate concoctions," 30 July 2020 The classic 50/50 martini recipe is made with equal parts spirit and fortified wine. Popular Science, "Five exquisite, easy martinis you can make at home," 29 May 2020 Vermouth, simply put, is an aromatized, fortified wine — higher in alcohol than most wines, but lower than most spirits. Lisa Futterman,, "It’s time for vermouth to come out of the depths and star in cocktails," 28 Aug. 2019 Madiera, the Portuguese fortified wine, is also spectacular with the nutty, spiced, and caramel flavors that are so common in Thanksgiving desserts. Kristin Tice Studeman, Vogue, "The Best Wine for Every Thanksgiving Scenario," 19 Nov. 2018 Wines are from Spain and Portugal, including Sherry, Port and Madeira fortified wines. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Exploring Spain through wine at Milwaukee restaurants," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of fortified wine

1874, in the meaning defined above

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9 Dec 2020

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“Fortified wine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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