Port Lingo Recipe
From Dorothy McNett's Recipe Book.
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Port wine (aka Vinho do Porto, Oporto, Porto) is a sweet fortified wine originally from the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. EU guidelines state only Portuguese ports can be labeled as Port. In USA, federal law mandates that the Portuguese made ones be labeled Porto or Vinho do Porto. Thus, domestic ports and labeled as Port.
Vintage Port is made entirely from the grapes of a declared vintage year, aged in barrels for about 2 1/2 years before bottling, and then require another 10-30 years of aging in the bottle before reaching proper drinking age.
LBV Late Bottled Vintage ports are left in the barrel longer, usually 4-6 years after the vintage. Then they are either filtered or not filtered, bottled and released for drinking. If the label says "bottle matured" it must have had at least 3 years of bottle maturation prior to release.
"Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?" "He's an awfullly nice fellow but he never remembers to pass the port!"
Decanting with a Hoggett Decanter so you cannot hog the port.
Recipe created 2007-08-30.
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