Port wine is a fortified wine. This means that the fermentation process during its making was stopped by addition of a ABV 77 alcohol. The high alcohol percentage stops the fermentation and wine can now be produced.
There are numerous forms of Port, which include pink, white, rosé, and an elderly fashion known as Tawny Port.
What does Port Wine Taste Like?
Port is a candy wine with flavours of raspberry, blackberry, caramel, cinnamon, and chocolate sauce.
Sound delicious? It is!
The Common Styles of Port Wine
- Ruby (Red) Port: a deeply-coloured pink Port which incorporates Vintage, Late-bottled Vintage (LBV), Crusted and Ruby Port
- Tawny Port: a totally candy barrel-elderly port with oxidative nut and caramel flavors
- White Port: made with indigenous white grapes which include Rabigato, Viosinho, Gouveio and Malvasia
- Rosé Port: This is a brand new fashion of Port wine made similar to rosé wine with flavors of strawberry, violets and caramel
Serving Port Wine
Port ought to be served cold (a degree less than the room temperature, round 60 °F (16 °C)) . A famous manner to serve Ruby Port during the summer (with a meal) is at the rocks with a peel of lime!
Pairing with Food
Port wine pairs splendidly with richly flavored cheeses (which include blue cheese and washed-rind cheeses), chocolate and caramel desserts, salted and smoked nuts, or even candy-smoky meats (fish fry anyone?).
Barrel-aged Port vs. Bottle-aged Port
Bottle-aged Port tends to be smoother and less tannic.
Barrel-aged Port on the other side tends to take on some of the qualities of the wooden barrels, including taste and color.