With Port and Madeira


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With Port and Madeira

Melanie Wong | | May 23, 2006 02:27 AM

I had the chance to try a selection of Port and Madeira styles accompanied by a range of cheeses and desserts at a tasting organized by chow friends. Since there are frequent requests for pairings with these style of wines, I thought it worth posting here.

The plate of blues included Roquefort, Valdeon, Gorgonzola, and St. Agur. Not able to locate any high quality Stilton locally, the St. Agur was a stand-in and turned out to be the top pick of the four for its creamy texture and intense "blueness". Purple-rinded Cabra al Vino, crumbly Wenslydale cheddar, Serra de Estrela, Cantal, and a rich Saenkanter 4-year-old Gouda chosen for their friendliness with fortified dessert wines proved themselves once again. The cheeses were accompanied by walnut bread, sweet baguettes, water biscuits, confitures, grapes, blackberries, and pears. We also had dry Spanish chorizo, cheese straw twists, dried figs, Marcona almonds, pecans, walnuts, butter almond biscuits, Leonidas dark chocolates, and nut-filled chewy meringue cookies, all finding a suitable partner with the rancio and toffee-flavored or the dark-fruited ports.


Aged Tawny:

Yalumba Antique Tawny (Australia), $13/375 ml

Warre's Ottima 10 Years Old Tawny, $18/500 ml

Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny, $50

Ferreira 20 Year Old Tawny "Duque de Bragança", $60

Premium Ruby/Reserve:

Fonseca Bin 27 Finest Reserve, $14

Broadbent Auction Reserve, $22

Late Bottled Vintage:

1998 Ramos Pinto LBV, $14

1999 Niepoort LBV, $9/375 ml (BEST BUY)

1999 Quinta do Crasto LBV (unfiltered), $25


1977 Graham's Vintage

1983 Graham's Vintage

1985 Graham's Vintage

1985 Fonseca Vintage

1992 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage

1992 Taylor's Vintage, 375 ml

1991 Quinta de Vargellas Vintage

1994 Dow's Vintage, 375 ml

1994 Smith-Woodhouse Vintage

1995 Delaforce Quinta da Corte Vintage

1997 Smith-Woodhouse Vintage

1997 Broadbent Vintage

2000 Fonseca Vintage, $55

2003 Gould Campbell Vintage, $23/375 ml


Rare Wine Company Boston Bual Special Reserve, $35

Rare Wine Company Charleston Sercial Special Reserve, $35

Blandy's Rich Malmsey 15 Years Old, $34/500 ml

(Current prices are noted above for the wines that are readily available on the market today.)


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