The Douro Valley in Portugal is famed for its fortified wine. These are sadly often overlooked and only cracked open at Christmas but well worth cellaring and enjoying more than once a year. The noted houses that remain RDFW favourites are Taylor, Warre, Fonseca and Graham.
The influx of Sherry to the UK was down to Francis Drake. After he sacked Cadiz in 1587 he brought back just shy of 3000 barrels. Sherry is regaining its popularity now seen on most fine restaurant lists. Using the Solera system, Sherry is produced in a variety of styles from the dry Fino to the ultra sweet.