fortified wine


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

Examples of fortified wine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This style of fortified wine (akin to Port or Sherry) is made by adding brandy that has been distilled from Champagne to still base wine. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 24 Jan. 2023 Trendy restaurants are devoting entire sections of their beverage menus to the fortified wine, detailing the flavor profiles of its three main types: red (sweet, spiced), dry (floral, herbaceous) and blanc (tart, citrusy). Lane Florsheim, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2023 Another aged, fortified wine that will really make your desserts sing is Madeira. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 14 Nov. 2022 Madeira is an aged fortified wine that comes from the Madeira islands. USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2022 Sherry Week: This is a great week for fans of fortified wine, as restaurants across the city celebrate sherry with tastings and events. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2022 Neubauer revived him during a pit stop with fortified wine, black coffee, and the yolk of a raw egg. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2022 This city and region are also known for Vernaccia di Oristano—the name of a white Sardinian grape used to make a fortified wine produced in an oxidized style—with air kept in barrels during fermentation. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 24 July 2022 The distillery started making whisky in 2016 using a pot and column still that was originally used in the 1940s for making base spirits for fortified wine. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fortified wine was in 1874

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“Fortified wine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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