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  • MD 20/20 (sometimes known informally as Mad Dog) is an American fortified wine. MD 20/20 has an alcohol content that varies by flavor from 13% to 18% (with most of the 18% varieties discontinued, although Red Grape is reportedly available in 18% ABV). The MD stands for the Mogen David wine company which produces MD 20/20 as 'The 20/20 Wine Company' in Westfield, New York. The brand is owned by The Wine Group of California.
  • Cisco is the brand name of a highly alcoholic, low-price fortified wine, produced by the Centerra Wine Company (a division of Constellation Brands) with varieties selling at 13.9%, 17.5% and 19.5% alcohol by volume. Cisco has a distinctive syrup-sweet taste and, because of its color and bottle shape, was often mistaken for a wine cooler. The Federal Trade Commission required the company to put a label on the bottle stating it was not a wine cooler, and to change its marketing strategy from "Takes You By Surprise".[1]


  • Three popular brands in this category have been produced by the E & J Gallo Winery, and were a large part of the company's sales in its early days.
    • Ripple was an inexpensive fortified wine also produced by E & J Gallo Winery[2] that was popular in the United States, particularly in the 1970s. Due to its high alcohol content and low price, it had a reputation as a drink for alcoholics and the destitute. It was popular among young drinkers, both underage and college students. It is no longer produced. This brand was also frequently referenced on Sanford and Son.
    • Night Train Express (usually abbreviated to Night Train) typically contains 17.5% alcohol by volume. Night Train Express has been condemned by some civic leaders who think inexpensive high alcohol content drinks contribute to vagrancy and public drunkenness.[3] Night Train no longer carries the Gallo logo or other indication of this source.
    • Thunderbird (The American Classic), between 13% and 18% ABV. Popular since the 1950s, when its promotional radio jingle went: "What's the word? Thunderbird / How's it sold? Good and cold / What's the jive? Bird's alive / What's the price? Thirty twice."[citation needed]Once marketed in the United Kingdom as "The California Aperitif". There is a now a sister version, Thunderbird ESQ. Neither label carries the Gallo logo or other indication of this source.


  • Richards Wild Irish Rose is an alcoholic beverage produced by Centerra Wine Company, which is part of the Constellation Brands organization. It was introduced in 1954 and currently sells about two million cases annually. The brand is available in 13.9% and 18% alcohol by volume.