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Apres-chowdown in Walnut Creek

Melanie Wong | Jan 28, 200301:26 AM

Following the chow luncheon at Shanghai Gourmet in Walnut Creek, one pack led by Yimster headed for the cookware store. Another followed Chowfish to BevMo for some wine shopping. I was happy to discover that some of my favorite ports were available for sampling - 25¢ to try all seven!

We tried the Duque de Bragança 20-year tawny port which once again showed itself to be my favorite of type (disclaimer: the US importer, Bartholomew Broadbent is a personal friend). Also tasted were a Ferreira Late Bottled Vintage (1997?), two tawny ports from Porto Poças, 2000 Ferreira Vintage Port, and 2000 Broadbent Vintage Port. It was a treat to sample the two vintage portos from this fine year side-by-side. Nestorius offered his opinion that the British houses tend to do a better job with vintage port than the Portuguese houses, which I share. We both preferred the Broadbent as more complex and expressive with layers of flavor. While the Ferreira was a bit more concentrated and dense, it was also four-square and sullen. Neither will be ready to drink for many years.

We wandered the aisles and even went into the locked vault where we ogled and fondled fine wine bottles. Limited by trunk space, we stopped after filling two shopping carts.



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