Fortified Wine

Fortified wines are made by adding a spirit (usually grape based brandy) to wines, which results in a higher alcohol level. Traditionally this was done with fortified wines like Port, Sherry and Madeira to make sure the wines were stable enough to travel long distances. Before the days of temperature control on ships, a lot of wines would spoil in transit due to heat in the hold. Fortifying prevented this from happening. It also allowed wines to age for lengthy periods, and still remain in good condition for weeks after opening. The style has remained popular, to varying degrees, for centuries. The resulting fortified wines can be sweet, such as Port or Banyuls, or dry like a Manzanilla Sherry.

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Decanter Best Specialist Retailer USA 2022,  Decanter and IWC Specialist Merchant of the Year 2019 for our USA range.

Decanter Retailer Awards | Best USA Specialist
International Wine Challenge 2019 | Specialist Merchant of the Year USA

Roberson has 'bust out dancing' from the pandemic, its USA range outstanding in California but also beyond, and its achingly cool events featuring Californian tacos, live graffiti and 'the sweet beat of retro vinyl'.

Decanter Retailer Awards 2022