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Port (or Porto) - Port is generally
produced from grapes
grown in the Duoro region of
Portugal. The name actually
comes from the city Porto; a
seaport city at the mouth of
the Duoro River. To produce
Port, the first step is to take the
grapes and to start to produce a
“still wine” like your basic wine
shop or grocery store wine. Then
when this wine is halfway produced
or fermented it is “fortified” with an
addition of a neutral grape spirit called
“Aguardente” or “Brandy”. This brandy
is not the liquor variety we’re used to, but
just an additive to stop the wine fermentation
process thereby leaving residual sugar in the wine.
By leaving more sugar it makes the wine have a
higher-level alcohol content, usually 18 to 20
alcohol. The Port is then stored in wooden barrels
or in bottles in cellars or “caves” for aging.
Now comes the fun part. Port wine comes
in four different categories: Vintage Ports,
Ruby Ports, Tawny Ports and White Ports.
Nothing says relaxing than sipping a port
while talking with friends.
So, I do hope you try one or all of these wines
this season. You will make even the warmest
Florida night feel like a Winter Wonderland.
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