Devilish Details (Understanding Port Wine For Fix.com)

Vinted on November 25, 2016 binned in holidays, learning wine
Fix.com Port

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There are, in fact, only two styles of Port.

Yeah, I know, that goes against everything that your senses tell you, especially when you see thirty different types of Port for sale on a wine store shelf. But quantum physics defies much of the common sense that you develop to survive at the macro-physical level, and it happens to be true, too. It just won’t give you as bad of a hangover.

Anyway, I’ve been singing this dois estilos de porto song for several years now, and I’m not backing down now. There are only two styles of Port wine, and the rest of it is detail. Granted, there are a lot of details, And the devil is, absolutely, in those details, and he will give you a brain-meltingly awful hangover (ask me how I know), but that doesn’t stop the differences in Port types – small and large – from all being details.

If you’re looking for a reminder – along with some super-nifty visual representations of the flavors, aromas, and nuances offered by most of the different types of Port expressions out there – check out my latest for Fix.com, titled A Port Wine Primer.

As always, the Fix.com way-cool infographic is embedded below after the jump, and I always get a kick out of seeing how they pictorially represent my wordiness. For the impatient among you, skip directly to the bottom to see what they did with the food pairings, it’s pretty bad-ass.

Cheers!


Source: Fix.com Blog

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  • NVWA


    Great primer on Port! Should also mention that the Colheita Tawny Ports are from a single vintage. Also, there is one more style of Port to cover and that is white Port which is often consumed in Portugal or used for making some interesting cocktails.

    • 1WineDude


      Thanks, NV(N)WA (sorry, could not resist). Trust me, I know the drill on both points, but some things have to be cut sometimes in editing. Having said that, I dig Portinis, and have had some very nice unfiltered white Ports (see http://www.1winedude.com/wines-of-place-and-a-place-for-wines-for-the-obligatory-valentines-day-proceedings/ ). Technically, though, WPs fall within the wood-aged Port bucket (just sayin’). Anyway, I’m glad that you pointed it out, it’s such a neglected category, which is a shame (and now I’m inadvertently guilty of neglecting it, too).

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