Fortified Wines

Discussion in 'Beverages, Drinks and Smoothies' started by impish, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. impish

    impish Regular Member

    Many years ago, living in my birthplace outside of Chicago, I became acquainted by accident with a most-delicious wine imported from Sicily. It's name was "Sicilian Gold". There was also a competitor, imported from Italy, I think, named "Gold Drops Mandorcreama".

    After moving out West, I was never able to find it anywhere. Hard to imagine such delicious product was not sold nation-wide. Ever hear of either?
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  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Everything you need to know here about Sicilian Gold! We are talking marsala - so a sweet fortified wine.

    It seems you can still get it.
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  3. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Sicilian Gold could be found in many unique bottles and decanters shapes into famous statues:

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  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I use sherry in cooking and port too. In fact I rather like both as a drink occasionally too.
  5. MrsDangermouse

    MrsDangermouse Senior Member

    Hampshire, UK
    We love fortified wine in this house, our favourites are port, commandaria and pineau des charentes. I quite like sherry too but for some reason never think of drinking it.

    Whilst the red ports are generally drunk at cool room temperature after a meal, pink (rosé) and white ports make a great aperitif (served cold, maybe with 1 cube of ice). Its our tradition on holiday and on summer weekends to always observe Apero time :cheers:

    Commandaria is quite difficult to get hold of outside of Cyprus so we don't get to drink it very often - if you've never tried it, it reminds me in some ways of a tawny port. And pineau des charentes is something we only discovered last year when we stayed in the grounds of a Cognac distillery. Its apparently very popular in the mid-western part of France but not we've not found it that easy to find outside the area. The white version is our favourite, and the rosé is also nice. Not so keen on red though.
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  6. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    These are new to me.
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  7. Mewmew

    Mewmew Active Member

    What does fortified actually mean?
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  8. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Good question. The word 'fortified' means just that - a defence in case of attack (a fort for example!). In other words its something which is strengthened. In terms of wine it means wine with something stronger added in making it - usually a spirit such as brandy.
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  9. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    I think I have a wee bit of sherry leftover from Xmas trifle. In the back of the cupboard ??

  10. Mewmew

    Mewmew Active Member

    Gotcha. Thanks. :)

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