Port Perfect Pairings for Holiday Meals this season
Most drinkers automatically put Port wine in the “after dinner” category, but we are here to debunk that myth! This year, we recommend wine Port wine for your holiday meals instead of the standard over-oaked chardonnay? Below are a few Port wines that pair with dishes from the start of the meal to the end and will have everyone saying, “Boas Festas!”
Ruby Sparkler Port Cocktail — A very simple two ingredient cocktail, the Ruby Sparkler gives the Kir Royale the Port treatment. The spicy, red berry flavors of Fonseca BIN 27 Ruby Port — which also comes in a special 2018 Holiday Tin — are lifted by a brut sparkling wine.
Taylor Fladgate Chip Dry White Port — The perfect aperitif, Taylor Fladgate Chip Dry White Port lacks the sweetness of most Ports and is instead quite dry. Its lively palate of fresh fruit and hints of oak compliment many appetizers wonderfully, such as a charcuterie and cheese board, deviled eggs, or stuffed mushrooms.
Taylor Fladgate 2016 Vintage — A beautiful showing of the house’s austere style, the Taylor Fladgate 2016 Vintage has pronounced tannin and acidity that helps it pair with main meals like turkey, roasted chicken, or honeyed ham. The intense berry flavors are balanced by the wine’s linear tannins and bright core.
Croft 2011 Late Bottled Vintage –Croft 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port satisfies that after dinner desire. Pairing well with desserts from chocolates to pies, the wine has an elegant bouquet with intense notes of dark chocolate and luscious black berry. Its palate is full and ripe with a smooth, velvety mouthfeel. This wine can also be a dessert all on its own.