The world of wine extends beyond red, white, and rosΓ©. Fortified wines are a unique category where a distilled spirit, often brandy, is added to the base wine during production. This boost in alcohol (usually 15-20%) creates a sweeter, more complex beverage. Popular types include port (known for its dessert styles), sherry (ranging from dry to sweet), and Madeira (often used in cooking). These wines can be enjoyed on their own as appetizers or after-dinner drinks, or used to create classic cocktails like Manhattans and Negronis. So, next time you’re browsing the wine selection, don’t forget to explore the fortified side for a new taste adventure.