The fascinating history of the rise and fall and modern comeback of fortified and port-style wines found in the United States In the years following the Gold Rush, the only late-19th-century California wine of national acclaim was a fortified wine called Angelica. Brandy and the port-style wines it fortified were the mainstay of its wine industry during the late 1800s. Today, some of America's most renowned wineries produce a port-style wine, and the popularity and quality of American fortified wines is in resurgence. This seminal guidebook gives a comprehensive list of producers and their products, includes vintage guides and indexes of vintage American port-styles organized by price, and a section on how the most notable U.S. wines stand up against those from abroad."
Kenneth Young is the executive director of the Sweet and Fortified Wine Association. His articles on all topics concerning wine and winemaking have appeared in numerous publications, including "d Vine Magazine," "Practical Winery and Vineyard," and "Wines and Vines." He lives in Auburn, California."