The age of exploration was an era of endless prosperity and treachery for humanity (sound familiar?). Fortified wines became the wine of the day because they were extremely resilient on long sea journeys. What’s interesting about all of this is that production techniques for making fortified wines haven’t really changed since they were perfected in the 1700s.
Port is a sweet red fortified wine from Portugal. Port is most commonly enjoyed as a dessert wine because it is rich and sweet. There are several styles of Port, including red, white, rosé and an aged style called Tawny
Fortified wines have had a bit of a bad reputation lately, associated with stuffy dinners and grandmotherly sipping, but it's time the cobwebs were blown away. Read on for our introduction to fortified wines and how to drink them.
Port - Finest Reserve (Ruby) - M&S' expensive 'finest reserve' stuff - I think this is a Ruby port - a type of fortified wine that can only be called 'Port' if created in Portugal's Douro Valley. I think… Any port in a storm... :D