Wine Antioxidants: Port and Other Fortified Wines

If you enjoy sweeter dessert wines, you may be wondering if the valuable wine antioxidants are found in these fortified wines. The answer depends on which fortified wines you enjoy, as the red ones do have the same antioxidants as red wine, while the white varieties, like white wine, do not.  All red wines contain polyphenol antioxidants that are beneficial to your body and considering that many fortified wines contain red wine, they too contain these valuable antioxidants.

Fortified Wines and Antioxidants

Fortified wines are those wines where the fermentation is stopped at some point in the process so that there is still residual sugar in the wine. They are then fortified with another distilled alcohol, usually brandy, to increase the alcohol content of the finished product. There are numerous kinds of fortified wines, including port, sherry, Sauternes, Tokay, Madeira and Muscatel.

Red Grapes

Of all the kinds of fortified wine, only a couple are made using red grapes. These are the ones that will be the most beneficial to your body because of their antioxidant makeup. Port is made using red wine grapes and both Madeira and Muscatel both have red wine grape varieties, as well as white ones. Sherry, Sauternes and Tokay are all made using white grapes, and therefore do not have the same antioxidant power as the red varietals.


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