A dessert wine is one that has retained much of its residual sugar, and may have been strengthened (fortified) with alcoholic additives. The result is a potent, sweet, and in some cases syrupy wine full of flavor and aroma, and with higher alcohol content than a typical wine.
For this reason, the wine complements a dessert. In some parts of Europe, dessert wines are also served as before-dinner apéritifs.
Examples of dessert wines include Muscat, and late harvest wines.