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Port Wine! A quick history about it…

Did you know that Port wine was invented by accident? At least, that’s how the story goes.

Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, Britain was in a war with France and was looking for another wine supplier. Portugal, a longtime ally of Britain, put itself forward.

To increase the chances of the wine surviving the trip to Britain, wine producers in Portugal began adding a little of a type of brandy “aguardente” to fortify the wine. Doing this, actually changed the taste and the style of the wine. It meant that the wine was higher in alcohol, sweeter, and more robust. Consequently, by doing this they inadvertently created Port wine.

Port wine became a huge success in Britain, soon wine producers actually began making Port on purpose and, the rest as they say, is history.

There’s more to Port than just these three styles. But, although there are a lot of different styles, most fall under either the category of Tawny or Ruby. Ruby is a bright red colour with fresh fruit flavours like berries often with chocolate notes, whereas Tawny is older and therefore browner in colour with dried and stewed fruit flavours like dates, figs & raisins, often with caramel, nut & popcorn notes.

  • Ruby Port names: Ruby, Rosé, Reserve Ruby, Late Bottled Vintage (LBV), Crusted, Vintage Port, Single Quinta Vintage Port
  • Tawny Port names: Tawny, Reserve Tawny, Tawny Port with Indication of Age, Colheita Port,
  • White Port names: White Port, Reserve White Port

But to fall in love with Port, you really need to have tried a good bottle. This doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive vintage Port: a Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) in the £15-35 price range is usually enough to make anyone a Port lover.
So why not try one of our Ports this Christmas! A little glass is perfect to finish off your evening and pairs deliciously with a cheese board.

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