Wine To Lift Your Spirits

Wine To Lift Your Spirits

By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier What exactly is fortified wine? Short answer; A fortified wine is a wine to which a distilled spirit is added. Long answer; Wine is fermented, whereas alcohol is distilled. Before refrigeration, wine was transported by ship in casks that were not air-tight. As a result, the wine would oxidize and turn into acetic acid (vinegar). To prevent this, winemakers added alcohol to the wine, which resulted in a higher alcohol

The Port Wine Guide

The Port Wine Guide

The Port Wine Guide  By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Port is a wine originating from the Douro river valley in Portugal and is named after the town of Oporto. The wine is a blend of grapes, the most common being Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Touriga Roriz (a.k.a. Spain’s Tempranillo). It is also “fortified”, meaning the neutral spirit Aguardente (sometimes simply referred to as Brandy) is added, which stops the remaining sugar from fermenting and

What is Port?

What is Port?

By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. Officially, real port wine comes only from the Douro region in Portugal. Port is a fortified wine, which means it’s a wine that begins production like any other wine but brandy is added early to stop fermentation. This raises the alcohol level and leaves sugars un-fermented, resulting in a sweet wine. There are variations, but the most common are Ruby and Tawny. Ruby Port As you might guess

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