When it comes to fortified wine, port is king. The wine’s flavor profile ranges all over the spectrum, going from syrupy sweet ruby styles to nutty, more oxidized examples. Believe it or not, port actually comes in a variety of colors, too, from white to coppery brown, to even brighter pinks and reds.
Anything with a 4,000-year history is a little bit complicated. Wine is no exception, unfortunately for us. Over time, humanity’s favorite beverage has gotten more complex, and not just because the 20th century ushered in oodles of fun technology.
Whether you see it as commercialized nonsense or a celebration of love, Valentine’s Day is upon us and there’s no escaping it. We can’t outrun the chocolates, the stuffed bears, and the heart-shaped everything. Regardless of your relationship status, it’s pretty safe to say that a bottle of wine will be in your near future. […]
Port isn’t just for your grandma anymore. That means it’s time to learn a little more about it, and the first thing to know is how long a bottle of port will stay open, because we all know you aren’t finishing a bottle of port in one sitting — or, at least, you shouldn’t be. For starters, […]
You’ve come across fortified wines before. They have names like sherry, Port and vermouth, and they’re supposed to be sipped by candlelight while you discuss 18th-century literature. But there’s another class of fortified wines you may not know about called vin doux naturels. These are the oldest fortified wines of all, and although they’ve fallen […]
Ever wonder how dessert wines become sweet? It’s easy to imagine a bunch of winemakers just opening up big vats and pouring in some granulated sugar. (That is, after all, what makes bran flakes palatable for all those prepubescent years.) And while some liquors have shown evidence of actually having sugar added, dessert wines become sweet by a […]
Tiny cups and cutlery can make us feel like giants. They can also help with portion control (until you realize you’re just refilling a small bowl with scoop after scoop of ice cream). But sometimes the reason for the smallness isn’t quite apparent. Take the Port glass. Typically, when you’re served port at a bar […]
Selling port is a bit of an uphill climb. This is an era of esoteric drinking, with somms championing the latest undiscovered region, Sunotry sending Scotch into outer space, and the rest of us gearing up for the dry, fruity, nuanced powerhouse reds of fall. And of course, port has its stereotypes: sweet, uncomplicated, stuff to […]
Whether you love or hate the world’s most famous fortified wine, Port is more than just a sugary red responsible for epic hangovers.