Fortified wine is a unique type of beverage that combines the characteristics of both wine and spirits. Fortification occurs when a distilled spirit, such as brandy, is added to the wine during the fermentation process. This addition increases the alcohol content and prolongs the shelf life of the wine. Fortified wines come in a variety of styles including port, sherry, Madeira, and marsala. Each style has its own distinct flavor profile ranging from sweet and fruity to rich and nutty. These versatile wines can be enjoyed on their own as an after-dinner drink or used as a flavorful ingredient in cooking. So next time you’re looking to add some depth to your meal or indulge in a rich dessert wine, consider trying out a bottle of fortified wine.