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Recommendation for Port as a Gift

June 7, 2011
Question by: Joy, USA

Q:

Hi,  I am trying to find a nice port to gift to someone who is fairly knowledgeable on ports. My price range is $500 to $1000 (give or take). I want something really nice and impressive but I, of course, want to get a good deal. Can you help? The bottle would need to be delivered in the New York/New Jersey area.   Thank you! 

A:

Hi Joy, Your friend is very fortunate!  With your generous budget you would be able to select two or three bottles.  Here are a few suggestions:

A gift of two or three bottles of an older Vintage that would be drinking well now, such as 1970, 1977 or 1980, would be marvellous.  If your friend entertains large groups, it is very special to be able to share an old wine like this, or it is also fascinating to be able to open a single bottle of the same vintage every few years with a few close friends to observe and enjoy how the wine is developing.

Alternatively, if your friend enjoys the full ripe fruit flavours and power of young Vintage Port, or is looking to build his or her cellar, the combination of a bottle of each the 2007 Dow's, Graham's and Warre's is a stunning gift:  between them these three wines earned 291 out of a possible 300 points from the highly regarded Wine Spectator magazine, with Dow's scoring a perfect 100!

Another thought is to give your friend a mini-vertical tasting of a benchmark wine such as Graham's, Dow's or Warre's.  A range of years such as 1970, 1980, 1994 and/or 2000 would give a nice demonstration of how Vintage Port matures.

In the USA our nation-wide distributor is Premium Port Wines (PPW), and they have suggested the following shops in the greater NYC area as likely to have a good range of wines in stock, and also able to assist you in sourcing bottles of older wines if they do not currently have stock.

Sherry Lehmann
http://www.sherry-lehmann.com/
505 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022
(212) 838-7500

Wine Library
http://winelibrary.com/
586 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081
973-376-0005

Astor Wine
http://www.astorwines.com/
399 LafayetteStreet, New York, NY 10003
212-674-7500

Finally, if you are unable to source the wines you want from these merchants, contact PPW's National Sales Director, Paul Mugnier, and he will be happy to advise you further.  He is based in San Francisco at 415-554-9920 ext. 842.



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