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  Port wine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wine with less than 16% ethanol cannot protect itself against spoilage if exposed to air; with an alcohol content of 18% or higher, port wine can safely be stored in wooden casks that 'breathe', thereby permitting the fine aging of port wine.
Vintage ports are aged in barrels for a maximum of two and a half years before bottling, and generally require another ten to thirty years of aging in the bottle before reaching what is considered a proper drinking age.
Traditionally, the wine is passed "port to port" -- the host will pour a glass for the person seated at their right, and then pass the bottle or decanter to the left (to port); this practice is repeated around the circle.
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 Port Wine Information
Wines altered like this were called "fortified wines", and port is one of the more famous of the fortifieds.
Port is kept in oak for a relatively short time, and depending on the quality of the year, is blended with other years for a consistant taste.
Port should be served around 65 degrees, in a narrow wine glass, and the glass should only be half filled.
www.wineintro.com /types/port.html   (847 words)

 Origin of Port Wine - Portugal
The Entrepôt, under the strict control of the Port Wine Institute, acts as a sort of seclusion where the wine matures calmly, solemnly and honestly until it reaches the perfection and refinement it is so worldly famous for.
The former are generally the result of wine blendings so as to keep up the wine's vitality and also to maintain the style and quality of a specific brand; as a rule no date or year appears on the label.
One of the tasks of the Port Wine Institute is to guarantee officially the genuineness of Port, The final point of a complex control action is the issuing for all Port bottled in Portugal of the "Guarantee Seals" and for all Port shipped of the "Certificates of Origin".
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 ENJOYING PORT WINE - Into Wine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
As only a certain amount of wine is allowed to be made into Port in any given year, growers are allowed to make a certain amount of Port from their particular vineyards based on the grade they receive.
Bottle aged Ports keep their color and generally their fruitiness into their maturity They are aged for a short time in wood and are bottled without filtration where they are meant to mature.
Vintage Port comes from a single harvest of exceptional quality, as stated on the bottle, and is bottled after two to three years of cask ageing.
www.intowine.com /port1.html   (1794 words)

 Port Wine Types o o o   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Only wine, produced in the Demarcated Region of the Douro that adheres strictly to the rules of Production and ageing and is approved by the Port Wine Institute, is entitled to call itself Port.
Port is the generic title used to describe a number of types of wine produced in this region of Portugal.
This is a blended wine produced from wines of superior quality to basic ruby with an average age between three and four years.
www.port-wines.com /port-wine-types.htm   (715 words)

 Port Wine
Port is a sweet red wine with about 20% alcohol (as opposed to table wine which is usually about 13%) and rather low acidity and tannin.
Ruby Ports are generally young wines that have had the chance to assimilate the brandy which was added during fermentation, but have not lost their youthful ruby-red color.
Port Wines with an "Indication of Age" are similar in style to Dated Ports but, unlike the latter, are blended from wines of different years.
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 port, wine. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Vintage port is wine of an exceptional year, kept in cask for two or three years, then matured in bottles—much of it for 25 years.
Ruby port, generally a blend of wines of different vintages, is stored in wood and bottled before it loses its clear, red color.
Crusted port is vintage or ruby port kept in bottles until it has formed a crustlike sediment.
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 AskMen.com - Port wine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
You know Europeans take their Porto seriously when the EU drafts legislation to define what Port wine is. For the record, Port is a fortified wine, produced in the Demarcated Region of the Douro, Portugal.
While aging in wood, Port wine's fruity aroma develops through oxidation to create a bouquet that is reminiscent of dried fruit, toasting, wood, and spices.
Such wines are blended from wines of different years, expressing the nature of the wine as regards to characteristics that are given to it through aging in wood.
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ORT is a fortified wine from the remote vineyards in Portugal's Douro Valley.
Wine production in the Douro Valley was revolutionized — vineyards were literally built out of the mountain, resin-treated goat skins were traded for wooden barrels, transportation of the barrels down-river was organized, and the shippers built warehouses or "lodges" in Vila Nova de Gaia to store their wines.
The Port wine region is divided into three sub-zones — the Baixo (lower) Corgo, the Cima (higher) Corgo, and the Douro Superior.
www.intowine.com /port.html   (1787 words)

 port; Porto; Port DOC Definition in the Wine Dictionary at Epicurious.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Vintage ports are made only with grapes from the best sites and from the best vintages, and not every year is declared-a port firm won't produce a traditional vintage port in undeclared years (those not considered the best).
Tawny ports are made from a blend of grapes from several different years; they can be aged in wood for as long as 40 years.
Late-Bottled Vintage ports (LBV) and colheita ports (also called single-vintage ports or dated ports) are made from grapes of a single vintage, even though the quality of the grapes is not as high as that for vintage ports.
www.epicurious.com /drinking/wine_dictionary/search?query=port&submit.x=0&submit.y=0&submit=submit   (963 words)

 AskMen.com - Port wine
The exact origins of port are uncertain, but the most commonly accepted story holds that, during a time of war with France in the 17th century, the English traveled to Portugal to find an alternative brew to the full-bodied French wines they valued so much.
The result was port, which was not immediately popular in London, but came to be accepted by the early- to mid-18th century as one of the finest wines in the world.
Port's popularity is unquestioned in Europe and the wine has seen its popularity developing in North America as well.
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 Wine Lovers' Page/Words About Port: A quick overview
Most Vintage Ports are produced from a number of different vineyards, one chosen for backbone, one for style, one for bouquet, another for finesse, etc. As with Champagne, the key was in the blending of these various components to create a synergistic whole, better than the sum of its parts.
Late- Bottled Vintage (LBV) Port is a wine produced from a single vintage, and is made like a true Vintage Port in every way save one: instead of being bottled two years after harvest, LBVs are bottled after a minimum of four years and a maximum of six years of aging in cask.
Wines with no such designation on their label may also age, but it is a bit more of a risk -- one does not know if they have been fined and/or filtered to strip out harsh, youthful tannins.
www.wineloverspage.com /port/jbl030197.shtml   (2387 words)

 Wine on the Web - Vintage Charts, Port
The information enables vintage Port lovers to have an insight into the development of wines they may have in their cellars, which in its turn will preclude the need to experiment and possibly open bottles prematurely.
Its wine is lighter in color than the previous two and it has some hints of tawny at the edges.
It is quite a smooth, middle to heavyweight wine, with soft, jammy fruit on the palate and a curious sticky, slightly sweet after-taste.
www.wineontheweb.com /vintage/port/port.html   (1936 words)

 Center for Wine Origins | An Introduction to Port
The complexity of Port is rooted in the unique qualities of the Douro, where the land, climate and winemaking practices combine to produce a wine that cannot be replicated.
Port is a fortified wine that comes form the world’s oldest wine region.
Port’s grapes are grown in the Alto Douro vineyards, located approximately 60 miles east of the city of Porto in northwest Portugal.
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 California Port Wine Article
Port has been made in California at least since the days of the Gold Rush and is one of the most popular of all dessert wines.
California port is produced from many different grapes, only a few of which are used for the wine in its native Portugal.
At the table it is the typical wine to serve at the end of dinner, with cheese, fruit, and nuts, as well as with the dessert.
www.atime4wine.com /port-ca.htm   (706 words)

 Port Wine
Classic food and wine combinations apply to Port: vintage port with Stilton cheese, pears and walnuts—try it on a cold winter night in front of the fireplace.
The wines are tasted and left to sit until their destiny is determined.
Carefully, with a fork, fold the Port wine into the filling batter, leaving the pretty streaks made with the fork to have a marbled effect after pouring it into the crust.
www.frontrangeliving.com /cooking/Port.htm   (1110 words)

 Port Wine Making   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
For Port there is one other vital ingredient, high-strength, relatively neutral grape spirit, added to kill the yeast half way though the fermentation to preserve a high degree of natural sugar.
For light wine, ordinary red wine, the skins are kept in contact with the fermenting must right through the fermentation, and often even longer to ensure sufficient colour and tannin are extracted, anything for a week for lighter styles up to a month for the richest and fullest wines destined for long cellarage.
Traditionally the best Ports have always been made by treading the grapes, the action of dozens of human feet squeezing the skins against the stone floor of the lagar, the granite fermentation vat, still considered the best means of rapid extraction.
www.portwinemagazine.com /vini.htm   (1385 words)

 Wine Types (Varietals) - Port - Wine Basics - Wine.com
The young wine is then shipped from the vineyards to the Port houses in Oporto, where it stays in barrel for a year or two.
In order to have Port that is enjoyable at purchase or shortly after purchase, there are other "wood-aged" Ports, which have spend more time in cask.
These wines are made from organically grown grapes from vineyards dedicated to sustainable farming.
www.wine.com /aboutwine/basics/types.asp?class=8&varietal=52   (438 words)

 Portugal > Wines > Port
Among others, a pleasant tradition is that an unmarked Port is served at the end of the meal to tease and test the assembled members and guests as to its origin, blending and year.
All Ports with the exception of a "vintage" are matured in oak casks inside the Lodges prior to bottling.
Vintage Character Port - This title is misleading in that the Port is similar to that of a fine Ruby Port and not that of a Vintage.
www.portugal-info.net /wines/port.htm   (1074 words)

 Port Wine - Best wine prices
Tawny ports, because they are long aged in oak, can be kept for a long time once the bottle is opened because they are already somewhat oxidized.
Wood-aged ports are further aged before release in barrels, and thus are further developed, or oxidized, by the time they are bottled.
There are two main reasons to decant a wine either to remove the sediment or to make a young, hard or tannic red wine taste softer and more mature.
www.golden-west-wine.com /PortWinea.html   (275 words)

 Port Wine History o o   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
High taxes levied by the French on Bordeaux wine shipped to England, forced Charles II to impose an embargo on French claret, a wine that was in great demand in England at the time.
In addition, to guarantee the quality of all Ports exported and to adjust to increasing demands for this wine, very precise regulations were defined to control prices, transportation and the way the vineyards were cultivated.
The Port vineyards are planted along the steep, spectacular hills overlooking the River Douro and its tributaries.
www.port-wines.com /port-wine-history.htm   (520 words)

 The Wine Exchange - Port, Porto, Portugal wine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Wine Exchange is a full-service retail wine store with wine tasting bar, classes, retail wine sales, monthly newsletter including wine prices, and special events for everyone from wine novice to expert wine connoisseur.
Port wine is fortified wine (blended with brandy) so it won't oxidize as fast.
Port wine is drunk after dinner and usually with a cigar.
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 les Caves de Bacchus : the Port Wine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Serving a Port wine demands, except for the ritual ceremony, at least as much attention as one gives to all great wines.
The presentation of Port wine in a carafe leaves a sophistication.
For those who know, a great Port wine - A Vintage or an old Twany - is to be drunk after the meal, a grand final to a privileged dinner.
www.port-wine.com /uk/porto4.html   (430 words)

 Port Wine Tasting -- WineSkinny.com
If you are new to port, here are a couple of basics: Tawny port is usually ready to drink, because it's had all the aging it needs before it's bottled.
Vintage port, on the other hand, is bottled after only a couple of years in the barrel and needs quite a bit of aging to soften bitter tannins and to integrate the often harsh spirit into thickly textured, luscious wine.
We're going to focus on tawny ports here, simply because there would not be much point in you going out to buy vintage ports for a tasting party now.
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 les Caves de Bacchus : the Port Wine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Out of all the Port wines, it is the most tonic, - fortifying - and the most stimulating.
This is the best known Port in France, were it is generally sold after 3 to 5 years of ageing in barrels.
In that case, the wine is only made from the grapes of that year ; it ages in barrels from its birth date until bottled.
www.port-wine.com /uk/porto3.html   (323 words)

 Storing Port - WINE BOARD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
I have my 2000s in my cellar lying down but was recently told by my wine guy that they should be stored standing up and put on their sides every six monthes or so to resaturate the cork.
"Fortified Wines are wines that have been fortified with brandy and sometimes flavored with herbs, roots, peels, and spices.
I'm for keeping all wines on their sides until ready to be consumed.
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 Port wine…from the grapes to the glass! - PortWine.com
Port Wine … from the grapes to the glass.
Port Wine is a fortified red or white wine made with the grape varieties that grow specifically in the Douro River Valley in northern Portugal.
The wine ferments at the farms where the grapes grow, called quintas.
www.portwine.com   (198 words)

 winemaking: Requested Recipe (Port Wine)
First, port wine yeast is essential; use no substitute.
Second, port is a fortified wine and this recipe uses brandy as a fortifying agent; do not use flavored brandy.
If wine fails to clear, stabilize wine and add fining according to instructions for particular fining agent.
winemaking.jackkeller.net /reques13.asp   (429 words)

 Port Wine | Madeira | Portuguese Wines :: Portugal Guide
Apart from the football, a good reason for visiting Portugal is the alcoholic beverage called 'port', named after the city of Porto, which is located near to the wine's demarcated area of production.
Port is a fortified wine; the wine has had grape brandy added to it after a couple of days' fermentation.
These get their name from the colour the wine takes on after maturing, often for many years, in mahogany casks.
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 Pleasures of Port Wine
In pubs, the Port was served with lemon and became a popular drink.
As the ladies retired to drawing rooms to sip sherry, decanters of Port and humidors of cigars were dispensed to the gentlemen.
The richness of the wine is enhanced by serving nuts, dried fruit, and cheese.
www.atime4wine.com /port.htm   (469 words)

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