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Cozy Up–With Port

November 12, 2010

The late fall air has finally picked up a chilling bite, and this little reminder from mother nature has got me breaking out the bottles of port.
To me–port is the quintessential winter beverage. Sweet, warming, rich and nutty…a good port can evoke feelings of holiday cheer and thoughts of cozying up in front of a crackling fire on a cold night. Though it may not have the expansive selection and flavor profiles as it’s cousin (wine, of course)–there’s enough variety out there to satisfy. Between Tawny, Ruby, LBV, White and Vintage port, there’s a style to suit your needs and desires (I’ll be having a “Port for Dummies” lesson later–too much information to distill while I am enjoying a glass or two of this delicious treat.)

Tonight I’ve chosen a lesser know brand off the beaten path (re: from Australia), Hardy’s “Whiskers Blake” classic tawny port. Though not “true” port (as Champagne can only come from Champagne region of France, true Port hails solely from Portugal), it rings true to form in all aspects except country of origin. It pours a deep and impressive amber with glimmers of vibrant red. It smells reminiscent of christmas puddings and cinnamon sugar laden cookies. Sweetness hits you on the tip of the tongue, with a woody, clove and candied orange notes dane along on the mid-palate along side a zip of acidity that keeps this port from becoming cloying. The finish imparts nuances of almonds and walnut skins with a lingering brown sugar sweetness–albeit a bit short for my liking (but then again, for an 8 year old port, it’s not too shabby.)

All in all–it’s a great buy for just $13.99. Bring on the cold weather and the crackling fires.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Tom Ellis permalink
    November 13, 2010 7:04 am

    Thanks for the posting and look forward to the lesson for dummies as I am one who
    has untrained taste buds in the port department.

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