Types of Sweet White Wine:  Fortified Wine

Types of Sweet White Wine: Fortified Wine

Fortified wine is any wine to which brandy spirits (or similar distilled beverages) have been added during fermentation.  Fortified wines include port, sherry, Marsala, Madeira wine, vermouth, and Commandaria wine.  The resulting wine may be sweet or dry, red or white.  Since distilled beverages contain ethanol, they were originally added to wine to preserve it.  As it turns out though, fortifying... »

An Introduction to Sweet White Wine

An Introduction to Sweet White Wine

Few beverages have such a great historical tradition behind them and such classy modern associations as wine.  If you’re just getting into drinking wine, you’ll quickly discover that sweet white wine is one of the most common types and also one of the most accessible for beginners.  Sweet white wine is actually a whole category of wines; these include ice wines, Moscato wines, Sauternes, Tokay, la... »

Ice wine

Learn Wine: Ice Wine

One unique type of sweet white wine is ice wine, called Eiswein in Germany.  Ice wine is quite a literal name which reflects the process by which this type of wine is made; the grapes are allowed to freeze outside before they are harvested.  They are then harvested frozen.  Unlike many other types of sweet white wine, there is no infection caused by noble rot.  Instead, the sweetness of ice wine r... »

Learn Wine: Sauternes

Learn Wine: Sauternes

One type of sweet white dessert wine which you will become familiar with as you sample white wines is Sauternes.  Sauternes is a richly flavorful French wine which is made in the Sauternais region of the Graves section in Bordeaux.  It is characterized by a sweet yet zesty flavor which retains some acidity.  Many people say that they detect notes of honey and apricots.  Like several other types of... »

What’s the point of labels?

What’s the point of labels?

Different producers and cultures seem to have different ideas about what a bottle label is for. I suppose all producers seize the opportunity to emblazon their brand on the front of the bottle. But even in that regard, there are different ideas about what the brand is. In the New World, the brand is often a fanciful name for a product range, while in the old it is tied strongly to geography. But i... »

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