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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 (£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 (£15.99 or £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 (£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 (£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.


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