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Pro Tips for Serving Port. Port: This fortified sweet wine is made with a blend of red grapes from the Douro River Valley in Portugal.

Pro Tips for Serving Port

It’s often enjoyed alongside desserts (especially with chocolate) or, more modernly, served as an aperitif over ice with a simple garnish. Since there’s always a reason to have a bottle of Port on hand, here are several tips to help you enjoy it to the fullest. Introduction to Port Wine - Taylor Fladgate. Port is one of the great classic European wines and its history is a long and fascinating one.

Introduction to Port Wine - Taylor Fladgate

So what is Port wine? Port is a fortified wine. Fortified wines are made by adding a proportion of grape spirit, or brandy, to the wine at some point during the production process. Port is arguably the greatest of all fortified wines and its paramount expression, Vintage Port, ranks alongside the finest produce of Bordeaux or Burgundy as one of the great iconic wines of the world. In the case of Port, the addition of the brandy takes place before the wine has finished fermenting. Pro Tips for Serving Port. What is Port Wine? Port is a sweet, red, fortified wine from Portugal.

What is Port Wine?

Port is most commonly enjoyed as a dessert wine because it is rich and sweet. There are several styles of Port, including red, white, rosé and an aged style called Tawny Port. While much of the Port we see in the supermarket is of average quality, there are fine Ports that are highly treasured for sipping and can cost several hundred dollars. Let’s get up to speed on this fascinating and historic sweet wine. Understanding Late Bottled Vintage Port. Late bottled vintage (LBV) Port should be ever so simple.

Understanding Late Bottled Vintage Port

The official definition says that it is a “ruby Port from a single year, chosen for its high quality and bottled after aging for four to six years in wood.” It is a vintage Port in style, but not in price. But Port shippers seem to have tied themselves up into knots to complicate a category of Port whose style is now all over the place. It can taste young and fruity, it can taste mature and with the character of wood aging.

Understanding Late Bottled Vintage Port. Styles of Port and Their Pairings. Port is the most recognizable name in fortified dessert wines.

Styles of Port and Their Pairings

Hailing from the Douro River Valley in northwest Portugal, Port was created in the 18th century by the British who experimented with adding brandy to still red wines, fortifying them in an effort to stabilize them for the extended voyage across the Bay of Biscay and up the coast of France to England. Today, you can find Port wine in a range of versatile styles including ruby, tawny, white, and rosé. Most Port has a semi-sweet to notably sweet taste profile and for this reason, Port has a reputation as a popular dessert wine.

The sweetness in the wine comes from the brandy that is added during fermentation, which halts the fermentation process, leaving some sugar behind and increasing alcohol levels to up 20% ABV. Undervalued Wine Categories: Late Bottled Vintage Port. Port is a category of wine that conjures up different images depending on your experience or taste.

Undervalued Wine Categories: Late Bottled Vintage Port

The styles and methodologies used to produce, and in particular, age Port are also pretty wide ranging. Top Port Sherry Madeira Best Wines Ratings Prices. Dow's 40 Years Old Tawny Porto Douro, Portugal 15.5/20 — Masterfully aged in oak casks, this fine amber port seduces with warm aromas of nuts, raisins and vanilla; On the palate, flavors of dried fruits and walnuts lead to a long complex finish. $162 (750 ml) Taylor Fladgate 2009 Vintage Porto Douro, Portugal 15.5/20 — This complex, masculine port is well-defined, with a dense mouthfeel and firm tannins. $110 (750 ml) Fonseca 2009 Vintage Port Douro, Portugal 15/20 — With good texture and flavors of blackcurrant, this vintage promises an excellent capability to age well.

Top Port Sherry Madeira Best Wines Ratings Prices

. $110 (750 ml) Making Port Wine in Portugal. How Port is Made Farmers are paid by quality.

Making Port Wine in Portugal

Grape quality is measured by sugar level with this core sample. Micro History of Port in Portugal The people of Portugal have been growing grapes along the Douro River since the time of Jesus. The wines of the region were officially demarcated in 1756. Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Tasting Episode #717. Review: Taylor Fladgate 1964 Single Harvest Port. We hope you’re sitting down.

Review: Taylor Fladgate 1964 Single Harvest Port

If not, find a leather club chair, dim the lights, cross your legs, tune your gramophone or iPhone to your preferred string quartet and place your left hand on the well-groomed head of your faithful Chinook. Now do some thumb stretches and shake out your right hand, your drinking hand, to get it good and relaxed. As a final step, call out to any loved ones in the vicinity to bring you a small plate of chocolates and the finest cigar available.

Kopke Vintage Port tasting. At the Wine Society 18% we arranged a tasting on the 21st of March of the oldest port house – Kopke.

Kopke Vintage Port tasting

Kopke is perhaps more known for their Tawnies and cheaper ports but they have been producing Vintage Port since the 19th century. We started the evening with the 300 years jubilee dry tawny (1638 – 1938). It was a very typical nice tawny with a very dry style. It was probably not meant to be kept for another 75 years but it was still a very decent and fresh wine. For the tasting we had set up eleven, what we thought would be, mature and nice Vintages. The following Vintage Ports were in the tasting: Vintage 1997Vintage 1996Vintage 1995Vintage 1994Vintage 1991Vintage 1987 Quinta Sao LuizVintage 1985Vintage 1979 Quinta Sao LuizVintage 1979Vintage 1974Vintage 1970 The first three were still very young.

All four Vintages from the 1970′s were very elegant and nice. Ports Worth Trying. The holiday season is prime dessert wine drinking time for several reasons. It’s hard to drink a lot of dessert wine. They come after a huge meal and many other wines. We are full. Please not a wafer, no! Sandeman Launches 2011 Vintage Port. Each year, less than two percent (2%) of port is declared “vintage”, meaning that it comes from the same year. These wines can be found in vintage or late bottled vintage ports. Generally, port contains wines from multiple vintages in order to preserve the style of the port house. In this regard, it’s very similar to Champagne houses, like Veuve Clicquot or Perrier Jouet.