fortified wine

noun

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

Examples of fortified wine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Madeira is another fortified wine, from the Portuguese island of that name. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 This specific release hails from Glendullan, and consists of whiskies that were reracked into two ex-Madeira fortified wine barriques for 14 years before bottling. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Port dominated the fortified wine category with eight of the nineteen Gold medalists. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Up until the 1950s, 90-percent of the Penfolds portfolio was made up of fortified wine, which has always been about blending to achieve consistency. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 The nomenclature can get confusing: Most of the products on this list are technically vermouth, a type of aromatized and fortified wine, though there are some other categories of liqueurs represented too (including one that’s made from rose petals). Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Feb. 2021 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, SFChronicle.com, 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, 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, SFChronicle.com, 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of fortified wine

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Fortified wine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fortified%20wine. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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