Was wondering if anyone else is a fan of fortified wines?
I have no idea what it's like in the US, UK (or pretty much anywhere else) but in Australia most bottle shops have a woefully small section of fortifieds even though we have this magnificent country town called Rutherglen that make (in my opinion) the best drink in the world... namely Rutherglen Muscat (Brown Muscat.)
I have sampled many other fortifieds such as Australian Tawnies (modeled after Tawny Ports) genuine Ports/Oportos both vintage and tawny, Pedro Ximenez & Moscatel sherry, Frontignac (white muscat,) Muscadelle (once called Tokay in Australia,) Marsala, some fortified ice-wine and others I have no idea what style they are supposed to be (not that I want to box them into a style necessarily.)
I find though that I have never had a genuine Madeira (you know from Madeira,) a proper royal Hungarian Tokaji or ever found a US Muscadine.
Not all fortifieds are bum wines!