Drinking Port wine often conjures up images of a Hugh Hefner-like man in a silk robe with an ascot, sitting in a big leather chair in front of the fire.
But we'll drop that reference - for a lot of reasons.
Port is not just your father's drink anymore.
It's actually the ideal accompaniment to your big fat brownie and the perfect thing to order if you haven't jumped on the scotch/bourbon train.
Even better, it appreciates in value.
But First, What Exactly is Port?
Port is a sweet, fortified wine that comes exclusively from the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal.
It is made from grapes that are indigenous to Portugal. Halfway through its fermentation process, brandy is added, which fortifies the wine, and the alcohol content jumps to about 20%.
And because of that extra alcohol, Port can last a really long time - up to 50 years in some cases - and actually gets better with age.
A few more fun things to note:
- Once it's opened, it will last on your counter for a few months. So enjoy a little every night.
- Serve it in a white wine glass - not a Hugh Hefner cordial glass - so you can really smell it and get the flavors.
- Don't decant it.
And finally, there are two basic types of Port: Ruby and Tawny.
- A Ruby Port is younger and more fruit-forward and will pair perfectly with chocolate and rich cheeses.
- A Tawny Port is aged longer, anywhere from 10 to 40 years, and just goes so well with apple pie or Crème Brûlée.
So Should I Buy It As An Investment?