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Port wine is also known as Vinho do Porto, Portuguese fortified fine wine which is produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in Portugal. The wine has a typical sweet flavour and it often served as dessert wine. You might be surprised but Port wine is also available in white varieties. Fortified wines are also produced elsewhere in the world, for example in Australia or France, but under the European Union Protected Designation of Origin, only the wine produced in Portugal can use the name Port wine. The real Port from Portugal comes in many varieties, which can be divided into two main groups: Port wines that are matured in sealed glass bottles, practice known as reductive ageing, which leads to wine that is smoother on palate and contains less tannin. The second group are port wines which are matured in wooden barrels, practice known as oxidative ageing as it allows small amount of oxygen exposure during the ageing process. The wine loses volume to the evaporation, effect referred to as angel's share. The main port styles include Tawny port, Colheita, Garrafeira, ruby, rose or white port, LBV (late bottled vintage) and others.
Many online retailers, including SerenataFlowers.com, now offer a lot of varieties of port and cheese hampers, perfectly matched to save you the trouble of looking for your port and cheese pairing. They make a perfect gift for any occasion and especially if you're looking for Christmas cheese hampers, port wine will be a welcomed addition to the gift set. If you are buying wine and cheese hamper for the first time, there are few things you should consider: does the recipient prefer white or red wine, do they like a particular combination of wine with cheese? Depending on how far you can stretch your budget, you can get a small cheese and port hamper well under £35 with free delivery anywhere in the UK. When choosing the right port and cheese hamper, keep in mind that not everyone likes the sweet taste of port and to get a good quality port wine, you would have to spend a lot more on just a single bottle.
There is a slogan that says Port is for life, not just for Christmas. Port is the old time favourite for a Christmas dinner, but there are plenty of reasons to consider offering port wine along with your cheese board. If you're not buying a ready-made port and cheese hamper, make sure you get your research done to get the pairing right. The pairing of port and cheese might not be as easy as with traditional wine, so here are few tricks and tested matches that will certainly impress your guests. If you're lucky enough to have a bottle of vintage port, it needs a powerful cheese to stand up to it's strength and any mellow and subtle cheese will simple be brushed away with the flavour of the wine. If you're planning to serve a selection of blue cheeses, like Stilton or Roquefort these would work really well with vintage port, along with powerful cheddar cheese. Add a selection of black fruits, walnuts and red grapes to compliment this pairing. Tawny port can have different flavour depending on how old it is, the standard 20-year-old version is sweeter and great alternative to traditional dessert wines like Madeira. Tawny port can be served with hard cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano, Cheddar or Pecorino.
Before you serve port wine, make sure it's correctly stored – it is relatively resilient wine and can be stored simply upright or sideways in a dark, cool place. Red port wine should be served at room temperature, but if you happen to have a bottle of aged port, you can serve it also slightly chilled. If you open a bottle of Ruby port, the wine stays good for about three weeks after opening. Tawny port is best to store in a fridge after it has been opened, for about a month and if you're keeping it at room temperature, it will last about two weeks. LBV can be only stored for about a week after it's been opened. If you prefer, you can buy special port wine glasses to serve it, but it can be enjoyed also in standard wine glasses. Best way to serve port? Of course with good cheese and company! Save yourself the trouble of looking for the best match and order a pre-made cheese and port hamper to impress your guests at your next dinner party.