Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Not just any port in a storm: a sweet Father's Day treat

There are still plenty of cold nights to come before Australia emerges from winter, so a bottle of warming port might make an ideal Father's Day gift for wine-loving dads. 

Port is a fortified wine produced exclusively in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is typically a sweetish red wine, usually served as a dessert wine, though it also comes in dry, semi-dry, and white varieties.

The wine received its name, "port", in the later half of the 17th century from the port city of Porto at the mouth of the Douro Valley, where much of the product was brought to market.

The Douro was defined and established as a protected region, or appellation, in 1756, making it the third oldest, after Chianti (1716) and Tokaj (1730).
Dan Murphy's stores are currently promoting some fine ports from Cockburn's at very reasonable prices. 

The Cockburn label is over 200 years old and was founded in 1815 by the Scottish brothers Robert and John Cockburn. 

Originally wine merchants in Leith, their port house was founded with the objective of securing a supply of excellent wine at its source which would give them an advantage over the influx of poor-quality, cheap port which was common in Britain at the time. 

Cockburn's was purchased by a multinational corporation in 1962 and then by one of the great port families, Symington, in 2010.

Cockburn's Late Bottled Vintage (LBV), at Dan's for $24.99, is a wine from a single very good year that has been aged in large oak vats for four to six years, until it reaches the perfect level of maturity. 

The Cockburn’s 2011 Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) is a rich and full-bodied wine (think silky liquid raisins) designed to be served at the end of lunch or dinner. Pair it will blue cheese for a superb wine and food match. Chocolate also works well.    

For details see www.cockburns.com or www.danmurphys.com.au.  

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