• Catarina Alexon

    Port…Have close ties to both Portugal and England. My late father lived 2 weeks a month in Lisbon and used to drink port wine. And I lived in London for 15 years. As you know port wine is part of their tradition.

    • I think you must have some great picks when it comes to a good port Catarina. I would love the hear about some of your favorites sometime. 🙂

  • Jacqueline Gum

    Ummm..not a fan. But I always keep a bottle of Tawny Port for guests. Thanks for the intro to the brand!

    • Hi Jacquie, Aw, no worries there are some really great dessert wines out there that I know you will love just as much as id this port.

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Well now that’s interesting. The number of years on the label.

    • They really do make a difference in the quality and taste Cheryl 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    I have a bottle of this in my cupboard. I’m not always a keen on port, but there are times where it’s just the perfect way to end a meal.

    • Hi Debra, How cool is that. It really is a great after dinner aperitif for sure. 🙂

  • I love this tawny port, too, Susan! It really is good value and a terrific product.

    • We do have a lot in common Doreen. But we knew that already. I agree with you, a great product with a great taste at a great price. 🙂

  • Well Susan, I love the way you have beautifully described. I am not a wine lover particularly but you have done a terrific job with this post. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks Kumar, Regardless of your interest in wine, some of their stories are pretty interesting. 🙂

      PS: You might want to visit my Tuesday stories instead, just a thought. 🙂

  • I like a good port but I don’t drink if very often usually Tim will end up drinking it because it is here and I am not drinking it fast enough for him

    • LOL, that is too funny Jo-Anne. I have the opposite. My husband wouldn’t notice it existence except when I take a glass from time to time. 🙂

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I need to venture into ports one of these days…

    • Yes you do Jeri. You will wonder what took you so long… LOL.

  • Laurie Hurley

    Alas, I am not a port drinker, but I love the blue cheese and walnuts next to a fire idea. We don’t do that too much in Southern California!

    • If you go to the blue cheese and walnuts with out the port you will still have a great time Laurie. The winter has been less wintery in NorCal, so there has been less need for a fire the year… sigh!

  • Now, I’d like to try this Port, but I’d much rather be in Portugal.

    • Hi Christina, Me too… LOL. It does sound like a lovely place to visit. Alas I think I’ll have to settle for this great port instead. 🙂

  • You’re probably going to think this is an awful way to treat port but I love a shot of it in a cup of tea – especially when I’m tired – makes me feel downright mellow.
    Lenie

    • Hi Lenie, I think that sound likes a charming thing to do. I haven’t done that in a while so I’ll need to give it ago. What kind of tea do you use? 🙂

      • Hi Susan
        I just use ordinary black tea – although Earl Grey works too.

        • That is good to know Lenie. I’m doing this one tonight with Early Gray. 🙂

  • Beth – http://EncoreWomen.com

    Susan, I love this port too. I also love it with blue cheese although my husband prefers chocolate with it. I’ve been enjoying port for about 12 years.

    • Hi Beth, It’s great with chocolate too. Either way it is a great thing to enjoy from time to time. We have been enjoying a good port for about 20 years now. What brought you (or whom) to give port a try?

      • Beth – http://EncoreWomen.com

        I don’t seem to remember. It might have been at a restaurant or it could have been at someone’s home. It’s a nice treat!

        • I can see that. I so remember my first taste. It was at a friend home on a very special occasion and they brought out a very expensive 30 year port. It was the beginning of a great love affair. 🙂

          • Beth – http://EncoreWomen.com

            That reminds me of when our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara closed. The last time we were there, Tim, the owner treated us to glasses of very old port that was like nothing I’ve had before or since. We tried to find a bottle of it but couldn’t. Yum.

          • Oh my goodness, that must have one heck of a great experience Beth. I do hope you’re able to find that same port someday. 🙂

  • I am more of a Vodka gal myself. However it does conjure up some nice images sitting with a glass of port in front of a fire 🙂 It was also interesting knowing where it came from. I can’t say that about my vodka lol – We can still clink our glasses in a toast though – excellent post 🙂

    • Hi Sandy, Thanks, I too enjoy a good vodka. You might want to check out my Bloody Mary post :D. Here a toast to you. 🙂

  • Paul Graham

    You would probably guess a guy named Graham likes port though frankly I do prefer Taylors For me, blue cheese is the best accompaniment though I will sometimes finish a rich meal with port and strawberries. Many prefer older but in many cases I think 10 years seems to be the peak .

    • LOL, that is true Paul. I do find it fun how a good port can complement many different things in certain settings. I generally agree about the 10 years but I have had some pretty spectacular 20 year ports as well. 🙂

  • Hi Susan,
    I must say, I’ve never tried port at all. In fact, I’m not a drinker. I’m not against those who imbibe socially or let their hair down. It’s those who drink irresponsibly that bother me, as I’ve lost a dear friend to drunk driving.
    I also prefer sobriety to keep my creativity heightened. But that’s just me.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Bill

    • Hi Bill, I hear you, All things in moderation is a motto we all should heed. I am so sorry about your friend. You might want to check out my story or recipe posts instead. 🙂

  • Tim

    The first time I ever drank too much was as a teenager. It was not my proudest moment. A friend and me downed a flagon of port. I have never been able to bring it close to my lips since. 🙂

    • Hi Tim, I so get that. I was the same about marshmallows for the longest time because of overeating way too many and then getting sick from them. Yuck. 🙂

  • Greg Narayan

    Ya know Susan I despised the port until it was the only thing left in the cabinet 🙂 My friends mom used to serve herself a glass late evenings and take down her facade of controlling mom. Your posts are always my favorites.

    • Hi Greg, Aw, that is too bad, but interesting about your mom’s friend :D. Thanks for the your very kind words. 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    I had some 25 year old port from St. Julien winery a few years ago. That was some amazing port. Had flavors like blackberry jam.

    • Oh, how luck to have had some of that great libation Jon. I’m a tad bit jealous. I bet it was as you said, pretty darn amazing. 🙂

  • Susan- I love a good port. When we were in Madeira, Portugal I bought back for my son a 1966 bottle of wine which is the year he was born. I can’t say whether it was the best year for the grapes but it was such a well appreciated gift. When a port is good, there is nothing like it.

    • Hi Arleen, I agree, a good port is a bit of heaven in a bottle. I bet your son was thrilled to receive the gift and your thoughtfulness. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    hi ana; thanks for another introduction. I’m going to have to start trying some of your recommendations soon. but at least I know not to order a port less than ten years old now. so does this fall under the category of a little knowledge being dangerous or you have to crawl before you can walk? thanks again, max

    • Hi Max, Your so welcome. When it comes to port 10 years and up is always a very good rule to follow.