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Port for Christmas

November 25, 2011
Question by: Suzie, Woking, England

Q:

Hi there, I've got my father-in-law to be for Secret Santa this year, and he loves a good port. Not being a lover myself, I wondered if you could give me the name of a good, full bodied, fruity port on a budget for around £25 that's sure to please. Your expert advice is much appreciated indeed!

A:

Hi Suzie!  You have several choices - Quinta Vintage Ports which are bottled in the years we do not declare a brand vintage are excellent value for money and should be just around your price point - in England, look for Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos 1999.  This wine featured in a recent tasting event and was highly recommended by many critics - read more about it on the Graham's Blog and the Tasting Notes page here on the Vintage Port Site.  The Quinta dos Malvedos 1999 is drinking beautifully now, or can be laid down for the future.

If you have any trouble finding that, a Late Bottled Vintage is another excellent choice within your budget.  This is Port from a single vintage year which has been aged 4 to 6 years in large wooden casks before bottling, and is then aged in bottle a little longer before we release it to the market, ready for drinking.  Graham's, Dow's and Warre's all make LBVs.  To choose between them, bear in mind the house styles:  Graham's is characterised by rich concentrated fruit, Dow's is a spicier flavour profile with a drier finish, and Warre's is known for its elegance and balance of fruit and floral notes.

Finally, one more choice I would recommend you consider, is Graham's Six Grapes.  This is a ruby reserve port which is known as the every day Port for the Vintage Port lover, and is a very rich, fruity port indeed.  Six Grapes, or indeed any of the wines named above, pairs excellently with either rich dark chocolate desserts or strong cheeses, particularly a Stilton.  Learn more about Six Grapes on the Graham's Blog as well. 



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