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Port is one of the world's great alcoholic drinks but as it tends to be served at the end of a meal after plenty of other alcohol has already been drunk it is perhaps not as appreciated as much as it could be! So this tasting will focus exclusively on Port - a whole evening of nothing else!
Port is a fortified wine which comes from the Douro Valley in Portugal. It comes in a big range of styles including ruby, tawny, single quinta, vintage and these will all feature in this tasting. I will explain how port is made, the different grape varieties used and what makes a vintage a 'true' Vintage.
The tasting will include wines from most of the major 'houses' including Taylors, Fonseca, Warre, Croft, Dow and Grahams. We will start with a white Port as an aperitif and then the rest of the line up will include several Single Quinta Ports from the 1990s most of which cost between £25 and £32 per bottle, and as a Grand Finale two 'true' 1991 Vintage ports from my private collection which today cost around £55 per bottle retail. In all there will be 11 different bottles! Here is the full list:
A White Port
Quinto do Noval 10 Year Old Tawny
Grahams Malvedos 1999
Taylors Vargellas 1998
Croft Roeda 1997
Fonseca Guimarens 1996
Warre Cavadinha 1995
Rozes Terras do Grifo Vintage 2006
Symington Vintage 2003
Croft Vintage 1991
Grahams Vintage 1991
The classic match for port is blue stilton and I will buy some different types as part of the buffet to go with the tasting. There will be plenty of bread, cheeses and other food to soak up the alcohol!
Numbers will be limited to 16 people and the cost of the tasting is £35 per head.