Name for a fortified wine from Spain and the Canary Islands, which was common in England in the 16th and 17th centuries. There are several versions of the meaning of the name, and Sack was ultimately the origin of the name for the sparkling wine. One of the versions states that the word is derived from the French "sec" (dry). However, this is contradicted by the fact that it was used to describe all wines from sweet to dry. A second variant explains the name by the Spanish "saca" (bottling), which mutated to "sacas" and later to "Sack". Mostly the origin was prefixed, so there was a Canary sack (from the Canary Islands), a Malaga sack (from the island Malaga) and a Sherris sack (Sherris = Jerez, stands for sherry). From the 17th century onwards, sack became a synonym for sherry. The term sack played a role in the works of many English authors. Among others, the drink appears in several dramas by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).