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Port

Port wine is a sweet, fortified wine that is thicker, richer and sweeter than most wines with a higher alcohol content of approximately 18 to 20%. This sweet wine is produced when brandy is added early in the fermentation process, stopping the process. The sweetness and dryness of the wine is decided by when the fermentation process is interrupted. Port wine originates in the Douro Valley of northen Portugal, and high quality wines are also found in Australia, South Africa, India, and the United States. Port wine is used as a desser wine or served with cheese. Grape varieties used in making Port include Bastardo, Donzelinho Tinto, Mourisco, Tinto Cao, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francessa, Touriga Nacional, Cornifesto, Malvasia Preta, Mourisco de Semente, Periquita, Rufete, Samarrinho, Tinta Amerela, Tinta da Barca, Tinto Barroco and Touriga Brasileira.

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