Story by Paul Dring
Want to know why Tim Atkin recommended four particular ports in his story in issue 7? Here are his tasting notes”¦
Sainsbury’s Ruby Port (Â£4.99)
Blended from a series of vintages, this is a brilliant value introduction to the delights of port. It’s youthful, vibrant and fruity with notes of chocolate, red fruits and a hint of pepper. Try it with dark chocolate mousse.
Fonseca Crusted Port (Â£15.99 or Â£13.99 each for two, Majestic)
Get out the decanter! Produced from a blend of vintages in typical Crusted style, this has thrown a slight crust, or deposit, in bottle. It’s sweet and complex with rich, savoury tannins, a touch of honey and bags of fiery personality.
1998 Dow’s Quinta do Bonfim Port (Â£24.99, Tesco)
Dow’s best vineyard is the source of this stylish, but still surprisingly youthful Single Quinta port. Intense, peppery and harmonious, it’s a big wine with the stuffing and concentration to age for another ten years. Still, it’s lovely now, too.
Marks & Spencer 20 Year Old Tawny Port (Â£29.99)
This is a classic Tawny style made by superstar winemaker, David Guimaraens: pale amber in colour, sweet and raisiny with soft tannins and flavours of dried figs. Try it lightly chilled as an aperitif or with a bowl of nuts on Christmas day.
About the author: Paul Dring is the Managing Editor for Jamie Magazine.