Wines which have spirit added to them to raise the alcohol volume are known as fortified wines. Port (from Portugal), sherry (from Spain) and Madeira (from the eponymous island in the Atlantic Ocean) are the main styles, with a supporting role from Marsala (from Sicily) and the French fortified wines, Pineau des Charentes and Ratafia. Read More »
A dark mahogany coloured, sweet Oloroso sherry, great when chilled or even served with a block of ice. Made from a blend of Palomino, Pedro Ximenez and Muscatel, which is aged in a solera system for at least four years.
A bottle of Pellegrino's Marsala Fine. Made from a selection of Sicilian native grapes, the term 'fine' indicates minimum ageing, usually a year or less. This is traditionally served as an aperitif between the starter and main courses of a meal.
A medium amontillado from Williams & Humbert, aged for at least 6 years in their solera. A combination of Palomino and Pedro Ximinez grapes give this a rounded combination of a nutty body with sweet dried fruit richness.
A half bottle of white Pineau des Charentes made with cognac distilled in coal fired stills and aged for five years in Limousin oak barrels. Made from Colombard grapes, this is lightly filtered to retain aromas and flavours.
A half bottle of red Pineau des Charentes made with cognac distilled in coal fired stills and aged in Limousin oak barrels. Made from Merlot grapes, this is lightly filtered to retain aromas and flavours of raspberries and Morello cherries.
A half bottle of sweet Moscatel Soleado from Gutierrez Colosia. A rich, yet not sticky, style of sherry, this will pair well with chocolate based desserts or could even be used as an alcoholic ice cream sauce.
From the Portugese island of Madeira comes this delightful aged dry wine from Blandy's, the region's top producer. Bottled at 3 years of age, this is made using Tinta Negra Mole grapes. This works equally well as an aperitif on its own, or with creamy or fish based dishes.
A half bottle of Guttierez Colosia's El Puerta OPedro Ximenez. The ultimate in dessert sherry, single varietal Pedro Ximenez wines are great matched with chocolate based desserts or poured over ice cream as an alcoholic sauce.
A bottle of Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port from the excellent 2007 vintage. Displaying the house style of concentrated fruit with added spiciness, but intended to be approachable at a younger age than it's vintage counterpart.
A textbook tawny port from top producer Cockburn's. At a handy half-bottle size this is perfect for a post-Christmas-pud tipple when the cheeseboard comes out. A great balance of dark fruity flavours and velvety oak tannins.
Part of Blandy's 'Dukes' range, this Cumberland is a medium rich madeira that has undergone 3 months of heating and cooling, to simulate the effects of a sea voyage, before being finished in American oak casks.