White Port – a Pleasant Surprise

I recently had the opportunity to sample a bottle of Quinta do Portal Fine White Port. I’m usually not a fan of port wine, or for any sweet wines for that matter, but I did find the white port to be a pleasant surprise.  It is a dry to semi-sweet aperitif that pairs wonderfully with appetizers and salads that feature fruit and cheese. It is best served chilled.

Porto and Douro wines come from the Douro Demarcated Region, situated in North East Portugal. According to www.wineorigins.com, the difference with port is that after half of the grape sugar has fermented, grape brandy is added to the wine. This stops the fermentation process and contributes the wine’s sweetness.

Alcohol Level:  19%    
Suggested Retail Price:  $15

Disclosure: I’m not a sommelier or even a wine snob. I’m just a regular guy who loves wine. I frequently participate in food and wine chats on Twitter where I share what I like and I learn from others what they like. From time to time winemakers and marketers will send me a bottle of wine to review. If I like it, I’ll tweet about it and possibly even write a blog post about it. If I don’t, you’ll never see it mentioned. I am not paid to review wines. The wine I am sent is my only compensation.

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  1. Kraig Karson says:

    love this .. thanx I will be trying it very soon. just as soon as I can get near a booze shop.

    xoxo — Kraig

  2. Rick Griffin says:

    Thanks Kraig!
    This was the first white port I’ve ever tried. Hope you enjoy it.


  3. Louisa Fry says:

    Hello, Rick. I am glad you enjoyed the White Port. It’s a wonderful wine. You may not know but the White Port category has opened up and it’s now possible to find aged Whites, reserve Whites and single vintage Whites. All great stuff! Just one minor correction: Porto and Douro wines come from the Douro Demarcated Region, situated in North East Portugal, not the Porto region.
    Enjoy your Portos during 2012!
    Louisa Maria Fry
    Port and Douro Wines Institute, Portuga

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