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Non-Fortified Dessert Wine Dessert wines that fall into the “non- fortified” category are naturally occurring and have not had any additional grape spirit added. Non- fortified dessert wine examples are Sauternes and Icewine. SAUTERNES Hailing from Bordeaux, France, Sauternes wines are always sweet and are considered one of the best sweet wines in the world. Grapes are left on the vine until a mould causes the grapes’ water to

OLOROSO SHERRY Oloroso means “fragrant” in Spanish. This style of sherry is not as sweet as luxurious cream options, but some residual sugar is left, which lends a gentle decadence to the wine. MADEIRA Another liquid delight comes from Madeira, a Portuguese island that sits 1,000 km from Portugal’s mainland. Madeira wines go through a heating process (called estufagem ) after fortification. Flavours range from almond to banana to honey and wood. With four sweetness levels to choose from, many expressions await your sipping pleasure.

evaporate and the grapes to shrivel. The sugar becomes intensely concentrated yet is balanced with zippy acidity. ICEWINE Canada is known worldwide for Icewine. It is a beautifully rare and ultra-concentrated wine made from grapes that are left to freeze on the vine. The grapes are pressed and the ice is filtered out. Its rareness and delicious concentration of sweetness are responsible for its seductive style.

Perfect Pairing with Madeira: Walnut Tarts

Perfect Pairing with Icewine: Dark Chocolate Cake

Perfect Pairing with Sauternes: Ricotta Cheesecake or Almond Tarts


GEHRINGER SIGNATURE CABERNET FRANC ICEWINE BC VQA $54.99 586131 375 ml Want to show off some BC magic? This luscious wine is bursting with blackberry, raspberry and cherry flavours. Look no further for the perfect gift for your sweetheart.

BLANDY’S DUKE OF CLARENCE RICH MADEIRA Portugal $29.99 280982 Does the sound of honey and raisins with a dash of cocoa interest you? Look no further. This wine is full- bodied, rich and decadently textured.

Tropical flavours of mango, pineapple and papaya mingle alongside great acidity, making this one delicious, swoonworthy wine.



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