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Styles of Port
 
Port Wine
Simply put, Port wine, often called simply “port,” is a Portuguese fortified wine. In Portuguese, it is called Vinho do Porto or Porto. Port wine is typically a sweet red wine that is often served with dessert. Port wine is made from grapes grown in the Douro region of Portugal. For the wine to be called port, it must be fortified: this is done by adding a grape spirit called Aguardente, which stops the fermentation of the grapes. Because fermentation is the changing of sugar to alcohol, this stop of fermentation causes the wine to remain sweeter, and because the spirit is more alcoholic than the wine at this stage, it also boosts the alcohol content. Port is traditionally stored and aged in barrels.
 

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