PORT (Tawny)

Sweet and astringent with the warm burn of alcohol, a sip of portis a traditional finish to a traditional meal.

portwinePort is a fortified wine, which means it is initially made from grapes but then after fermentation it has brandy added to it before bottling. According to historians, Port originates from Portugal, in the Douro Valley. Unfortunately, it does not have a protected origin so port can be produced in other places, although they will not have the same influence of terroir found in the Douro Valley.

port fortyyearPort is consumed towards the end of the meal as a digestive aid. It’s made from late harvest grapes and Tawny ports are fermented in wooden barrels allowing the grapes to age and oxidize producing a nice amber color.
First recorded shipment of port from Portugal is in the 1600’s and it has continued to be shipped around the world, increasing in popularity and varieties.

From a health perspective, there are health benefits to the moderate or occasional consumption of both red and white wines, including fortified wines like Port. One study listed in the Journal of Internal Medicine concerning fortified wine and blood sugar levels found that drinking a moderate amount of fortified wine whether while fasting or eating a meal, had no significant impact on blood sugar levels outside of the typical impact that would have occurred without consumption. So, perhaps, Port and other aperitifs and digestifs are meant to just be consumed for the sake of themselves and enjoyed in moderation or on special occasions where they can be incorporated into a meal and appreciated for their own unique qualities.