Named after the coastal city of Porto in the Douro valley of Portugal, Port is the perfect accompaniment to a lavish dessert or artisanal cheese plate, or simply as a sumptuous way to end an evening. Ports come in dry, semi dry and white varieties
Port wines are fortified (a wine that has a spirit, usually brandy, added to it) and extremely sweet, so are best if enjoyed sipping slowly in front of a roaring fire on a cool winter evening. Fortification allows port to last longer than unfortified wines once open, with tawney ports lasting the longest as they are barrel aged by a Solera process that gradually exposes them to oxidation.
Vintage ports are the most acclaimed ports, but only account for a small percentage of bottles produced in a vintage year. Although vintage typically refers to the year in which a bottle of wine is produced, port houses will only label their finest bottles produced as vintage, sometimes only one or two per decade.
This holiday season explore the world of port
and enjoy Taylor’s Vintage Port 2007.