Dessert Wines

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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dessert wines, usually mean sweet wines but according to American regulations, any wine between 14 and 24% alcohol is designated a dessert wine, even if dry and unfortified, and attracts a higher tax rate. The proportion of California wine that qualifies as dessert wine has been about 10% since 2005.