On Port


Port has an unmistakable deep aroma of the darkest chocolate and sweet raisins; it tastes of dried cherries and warm alcohol. It’s easy to wax poetic on the loveliness of port because it immediately conjures up (to me, at least) a bookcase lined room with red velvet curtains and a fireplace somewhere in Edwardian England. I tasted this 2009 vintage port from Taylor Fladgate at the Vancouver International Wine Festival last night and fell in love with it’s deep flavour profile and easy drinkability. I’d like to buy some vintage port to age one day but it will have to be in the summer when it’s hot and port loses some of its cozy appeal, because at this time of the year it’s too tempting to sip a glass or two while reading ghost stories on the couch.

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