When I think of a snow day, I think about curling up in front of a roaring fire. Let’s face it, I’m not a winter girl. In fact, one of my friends recently called me a Sunshine Girl and he was right – I love to be warm. So when faced with this month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday theme (which I chose), all I could think about was port.
Port is the type of wine that warms me up from the inside. Port was originally a Portugese style of fortified wine. Under EU Guidelines, only port from Portugal may be called Port or Portugal. However, everyone makes it and outside of the EU, you’ll often see “Port” used to denote a fortified wine. And no wonder port wine warms me up. It is fortified. Winemakers add a neutral grape spirit that stops the fermentation, leaves residual sugar in the wine, and ups that alcohol content.
So the other night, after braving some rather biting wind, I popped one of our Duraflame logs into the fireplace and we poured out a bottle of Lilly Pilly Estate 1995 Shiraz port.
This particular port is from Australia, not Portugal, but it honored the “Port” name well. At 18.5% AbV, it has a lower alcohol content than many of the ports we drink (which often top out around 20%). But it certainly went down fast and easy. Port, with the sugar and alcohol content, is a sipping wine, but the 375 ml bottle still disappeared quickly.
The Shiraz port had a lot of raisins and, surprisingly, rum on the nose. It’s an obviously heavy wine and it was dark, almost chewy. We caught flavors of raisins, plums, and figs, as well as the obligatory dark cherry.
It was the perfect wine on a bitterly cold evening – a great way to round out a snow day!
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