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(or pudding wines
, and nicknamed stickies
) are sweet
typically served with
. Despite the name, they are often best appreciated alone, or with fruit or bakery sweets.
There is no simple definition of a dessert wine. In the UK, a dessert wine is considered to be any sweet wine drunk with a meal, as opposed to the white (fino and amontillado sherry) drunk before the meal, and the red fortified wines ( and ) drunk after it. Thus most fortified wines are regarded as distinct from dessert wines, but some of the less strong fortified white wines, such as sherry and , are regarded as honorary dessert wines. In the United States, by contrast, a dessert wine is legally defined as any wine over 14% , which includes all fortified wines - and is taxed more highly as a result. This dates back to a time when the US wine industry only made dessert wines by fortification, but such a classification is outdated now that modern and can produce dry wines over 15% without fortification, yet German dessert wines can contain half that amount of alcohol.
Fortified wine is to which a (usually ) has been added. Fortified wine is distinguished from made from wine in that spirits are produced by means of , while fortified wine is simply wine that has had a spirit added to it. Many different styles of fortified wine have been developed, including , , , , and .
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