I don’t think I’ve ever talked about Port on Wine Wednesday. Have you had it before?

I love Port. I always have since the very first sip. In fact, I’ve never found a Port that I didn’t like. I find that it’s usually a wine people love or hate. What makes it unique? Well, it’s that sweetness and high alcohol content. It’s often served as a dessert wine. Although, I remember my host family, when I studied in France in college, offered it as an apéritif.

What is Port?

It’s a fortified wine originating from Portugal. Other countries, too, will try to make wine in this Port style. The wine is “fortified” by adding a “neutral spirit” that adds umph, increasing that alcohol content and allows some of the wine’s residual sugar to remain behind.

There are several levels of quality and aging when it comes to Port. The most well-known being Ruby and Tawny Ports.

The other night, while visiting our friend Jared, who was working at Urban Olive & Vine, we noticed the following on the menu:

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We had just enjoyed a an appetizer and a bottle of wine and thought we’d round it off before wandering around the cute streets of Hudson. So, yes! Splitting a 100-year Port Flight was meant to be done!

Rob decided that he wanted to sip on them blind, to see if he could really tell a difference. Jared lined them up out of order and the two of us noted which ones they were as Rob tasted them.

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Rob could tell there was a difference, but he couldn’t tell which was youngest and and which was oldest. Instead he ranked them in order of preference. The interesting part? We learned that Rob likes his Ports young. He ranked them from favorite to least favorite exactly in order from 10 to 40 years!

As for me, I could taste a difference. The older ports were less concentrated. But I don’t have enough of a discerning palate to know that they were older. I still liked them all. And with a little side of chocolate covered blueberries, Rob and I had finished them off in no time!

photo 3Because of the high alcohol and sweetness, Ports are poured into smaller, sometimes cordial-style glasses which offer about two to three ounces.

The last time we were at King’s Wine Bar, one of our favorite places to order port, our server {who we later learned was once the drummer of the band Babes in Toyland} highly recommended exploring the wineries in Portugal. She said that the views were beautiful and each vineyard offered tapas to pair with their Ports.

We are so there.

{Well, not literally, but it’s on our list.}

Have you had Port before?

If so, which is your favorite or favorite pairing?



4 responses »

  1. Not a fan Carrie – sorry! I worked at a high end restaurant that had a variety of ports – just all way too sweet for me.

    Love that you were able to split a flight though!

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