"I made wine out of raisins so I wouldn't have to wait for it to age."
- Steven Wright
When it starts to get cold, we start thinking about the high alcohol wines to keep us warm and it has been the coldest winter here in South Florida that I can remember in a long time. So, we will be taking down some high alcohol wines on Saturday January 30th and one of my favorite types of high-octane wines is vintage Port.
This type of wine was created hundreds of years ago to appease the English thirst for wine during their hundred year’s war with France occurring in the 14th and 15th centuries. There are several types of fortified wines but Vintage Port is considered by those in the know to be among the world's finest high octane grape juice elixir.
The really old ports from the Douro River Valley are still drinking beautifully today and they are getting harder and harder to find making this tasting qualify for "Once in Lifetime" status with wines like the 1960 Fonseca Vintage Port and the 1962 Quinta Do Noval Nacional on the table.
The Quint Do Noval Nacional is a rare single vineyard port that is made from ungrafted vines that are over 100 years old! We also have an incredible collection of this port we have included on this offering along with all the other Ports we have in the store for those of you that can’t make the event you can have your own vintage Port tasting at home.
A "Vintage" year is only declared 2-3 times a decade by most major port houses. This declaration happens two years after the vintage and the wines are bottled shortly after, so they spend just 2 years in 100 gallon oak casks called “pipes”. Most people consider these young vintage ports in need of more bottle age to drink them in their prime, so 10-20 years is a must, but these old dogs’ tonight are all over 50+ years old. We added a younger vintage this year to give you perspective on why you age vintage port for decades and not just a few years.
Join us as we experience this legendary 1960 Fonesca vintage port and the 1962 Quinta do Noval Nacional along with 6 other vintage ports from classic vintages. Toni Lampasone will be making a special meal to accompany the wines and the fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $395 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail email@example.com.
Vintage Port Tasting with Special Guest Dr. Robert Maliner
Saturday, January 30th,
1960 Fonseca Vintage Port
1965 Krohn Colheita Port, bottled in 2011
1962 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port
1966 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port
1966 Fonseca Vintage Port
1970 Fonseca Vintage Port
2011 Taylor Vintage Port (375ml)
2011 Taylor Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Port
Selection of Cheese: Epoisses, Beemster Gouda, Stilton Blue Cheese
Pulled Pork Black Bean and smoked Mozzarella ravioli with Port soaked sundried Cherry browned butter
Black and Blue Bacon Seared NY Sirloin with Blue Cheese Flan and Ruby Port Reduction
Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Tart with Espresso Foam and blue cheese ice cream
The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $395 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Plesae let us know when you make your reservations if you have any dietary restrictions and chef Toni will be happy to make an alternative menu selection for you.