Port Is a Welcome Guest at Cocktail Parties

Ask  me about port and I’ll tell you I love it. I have fond memories of the sumptuous flavors of a well-aged vintage port, and, even more so, the delicate, subtle pleasures of a 20-year-old tawny. Alas, these delights reside mostly in the past. I almost never drink port anymore.

The urge for a nice after-dinner glass of port or Cognac has largely faded, overcome by the diminished stamina of middle age and the desire to be not only awake and productive the following morning, but eager as well. Port is a fortified wine, after all. You may not taste the 20 percent alcohol in a well-balanced version, but it can quickly catch up with you.

Still, when I put my mind to it, the cinnamon-sweet, nutmeg-spice notes of a 20-year tawny come right back to life. It makes me think …

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  1. Avatar leslie smith says:

    The best port i have ever had is from Gouger Cellars in Vancouver,Wa. Go to their web page gouger cellars.com Not only is the port wonderful all of his wines are premium. He has won lots first places with his wins. The labels are amazing also. Buy a few bottles, you will not be disappointed.

  2. Avatar Steve Fischer says:

    Closer to home, try Oscar Matson's port – a very nice wine from right here in Redding – and available a local markets.

  3. Avatar Brad Tillson says:

    At the risk of being self-promoting, try any on of several ports at Tapas Downtown:

    Presidential Ruby

    Pedro Jiminez Cream Sherry

    Dow's White Port

    Dow's Tawny Boardroom

    Or one of our Vinatge ports going back to 1977.

    Dessert in a glass – Yum!