Spain and Portugal Wine Pairings

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Portugal - Vintage Port

I find Vintage Port to be one of the hardest wines to get people to try. First, there’s the fact that it is sweet and sweet wine has been out of style for quite a while here in the States. I believe that most people think that the wine will be too powerful, with an overwhelming presence of alcohol, but it isn’t. The fact is that Vintage Port is not meant to be drunk young. Can it be? Sure, but you’re really missing the point if these wines are opened in their youth. What’s more, one of the best things about Vintage Port is that you can find aged bottles relatively cheap, sometimes for the same price as a new vintage.

My favorite way to enjoy Vintage Port is on its own with a piece of dark chocolate or Stilton Blue cheese. However, I’m not much of a dessert eater and Vintage Port can be a dessert on its own. When the cards are on the table and you need show your hand, pairing Vintage Port with a Dark Chocolate Soufflé Cake with Espresso-Chocolate Sauce would certainly be the way to go. There’s no denying this hedonistic pairing, where the dark chocolate and espresso accentuate the cherry and spice of the Port. What’s more, there’s a textural exchange that’s created between these two items, like pouring silk over velvet. What more is there to say?

1991 Dow Porto Vintage - The 1991 Dow Vintage Port was a beast on the nose with vibrant black cherry, chocolate and boysenberry. The palate was rich and silky with cherry fruit, cinnamon and black strap molasses with some tangy acidity showing through. The finish was fresh yet layered with cherry and dark chocolate. (92 points)

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  • Makes me want to get on a plane! Thanks for the great ideas and, as we know, a decent bottle of Cava goes with just about anything!

    Oct 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

  • Snooth User: SM
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    Another great article Mr. Guido. Yes Spanish is often unknown and overlooked by wine lovers, both amateur and knowledge in comparison to places like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Piemonte, etc. In September I went to a wine party where we had a Dinastia Vivanco Crianza 2008 from Rioja. Right away on the nose you could get dark plums and on the palate vanilla, new oak and dark cherries. But the even more amazing wine was a Rioja blend without any of the 'usual suspects' from Rioja. This was from a producer called Casa Roja and it was a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot blend with incredible depth, structure and multi-layered. Probably a Rioja that's not so easy to find, but definitely worth the search.


    Solomon Mengeu

    Oct 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

  • great

    Aug 30, 2013 at 2:59 AM

  • wonderful

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:06 AM

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