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Port is a fortified wine made from grapes grown in the Douro River Valley of northern Portugal; fortified meaning a clear grape spirit or brandy is added to the wine. This was traditionally done to preserve the wines for their boat journey to Great Britain. Port wines are stored and aged in Port Houses, downstream from the Douro, in the town of Vila Nova de Gaia. While there are white and rose Port wines, sweet Red Port wine is most common; alcohol ranges somewhere between 17%-22%. My favorite red is an aged Tawney Port; the older the better! Port is served like a dessert wine and typically pairs well with chocolate, fruit (red/black berries and figs), nuts, and cheese (blue cheese, Stilton, or any aged, nutty cheese).
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