There is no simple definition of a dessert wine. It is usually considered to be any sweet wine drunk with the last part of a meal, as opposed to white fortified wines drunk before the meal and red fortified wines drunk after it. Fortified wine is a wine to which a distilled spirit, usually grape brandy, is added. Many different styles of fortified wine have been developed, including Port/Tawny, Muscat, Sherry, and Madeira. The original reason for fortifying wine was to preserve it, since ethanol is a natural antiseptic, and even though other preservation methods now exist, fortification continues to be used because the process can add distinct and very attractive flavours to the finished product. This also allows for fortified wine to be cellared for a very long time, and the bottles can also be stored for weeks after opening. The timing of fortification will to a large extent regulate the sweetness vs. dryness of the wine.
At Label Wines we pride ourselves in presenting interesting and high quality dessert and fortified wines of exceptional character, since we do believe that when preparing a delicious dessert, finding a
suitable wine companion is essential to leaving a dinner party off on a high note. Rest assured, we will be able to help you with matching everything from your
chocolate desserts to any fruit, berry or pastry dish as well as a well stocked
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