So what is Port? Port is a sweet, red, fortified wine from Portugal. Port is most commonly enjoyed as a dessert wine because it is rich and sweet. There are several styles of Port, including red, white, rosé and an aged style called Tawny Port. Port is a sweet wine with flavors of raspberry, blackberry, caramel, cinnamon and chocolate sauce. There are several different kinds of Port, but the 2 primary styles of Port include a red Port with more berry and chocolate flavors (and slightly less sweetness), and a tawny-colored Port with more caramel and nut flavors (and more sweetness). Port should be served just below room temperature, around 60 °F (16 °C). Fine aged Vintage Port or 30+ year Tawny Port have an even wider array of subtle flavors including graphite, green peppercorn, hazelnut, almond, butterscotch and graham cracker.
There are two different ways that you can make Port. The first is to add brandy to the wine after it has fermented to cause it to fortify, giving it that rich flavor and warm fuzzy feeling. The second way is to add sugar to the wine. We add sugar to our Port style wine. This enables us to also then play around with the flavors. Camelot currently makes four different Port style wines; Ruby, Chocolate Salted Caramel, Chocolate Raspberry, and Blackberry. All of which are $25.75 a bottle (tax included). You can also get a chance to try them at our upcoming Winter wine tasting on January 26th