Fortified Wine

Fortified wine is a wine that has been strengthened by the addition of distilled alcohol. From Georgian Kardanakhi to Danish Kijafa, fortified wine is a broad and varied category—but where cocktails are concerned, aromatised wines such as vermouth are at the forefront.

In addition, aromatised wines of different styles including Americano, quinquina, and chinato are called for in classic and modern cocktails alike, with the Spanish fortified wine sherry and Portuguese port also being common.

Fortified and aromatised wines, while hardier than table or sparkling wine, are still a natural product and will begin to change after opening. Keep open bottles in the fridge and expect drier wines to last about a month before any difference is noticable. Sweeter and/or more oxidised wines can be expected to take longer for changes in character to develop.

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