Quarantine: 14 Days of Isolation Wines- Day Five

Today is Friday, and typically, most of us would be excited that the weekend is upon us and we could perhaps open something a little more exciting that maybe what was sampled during the week. But now, during quarantine, it might be just another day, right? But why not make the day count and open something really special? It IS Friday after all…

When I first started learning about wine and diving into all of the intricacies of it, I really had no use for something called Port…I didn’t understand it, I didn’t like it, and moreover, I didn’t ever drink it. Fast forward 10 years, and not only do I enjoy it, I appreciate it immensely and it’s one of my favourite things to teach about, talk about and sell! I love explaining the different styles of port, because once people understand THAT piece, they might buy differently and then open their ports differently at home.

Let’s talk about tawny ports for a minute: the style of port that is aged in the barrel with a blending of averages going into the bottle. An indication of age on a bottle of tawny port (10/20/30/40) means that they are blending wine from different ages of barrels to come up with the average age of what is actually IN the bottle. For example, a 10 year tawny might have a blend of wine that’s been ageing for five years, one for eight years, another from 12 years, and so on…an average age of 10. White port differs from “regular” port in that it is made from white grapes – those super unpronounceable Portuguese white grapes!

Recently, I had the chance to taste through (most) of the entire Quevedo portfolio, and the quality of these wines is astounding. Before Portugal entered the EU in 1986, small family wineries from the Douro were growing grapes and making wine for the larger wine merchants in Vila Nova de Gaia. The EU legislation changed, allowing them to export their wines directly, and as a result, Quevedo was born!

Tonight’s wine is the super special Quevedo 30 year old white port. Tawny in style, but made from white grapes. First of all, most white port is crisp and fresh with no ageing and typically used for a bevy of different cocktails. This port though,  in my mind, nothing short of extraordinary.

This port is made with an “undetermined” amount of native white grapes, all blended together by Claudia Quevedo, whom I met and tasted this port with recently. White port is typically very hard to sell, but this one is a game changer…beautiful golden/amber in colour, it’s got those oxidative nutty notes, typical of aged tawny, along with orange marmalade, dried apricots and ginger, pressed flowers, honeycomb and candied citrus peel. The mouth is thick and rich with all those dried fruits mixing together with a glorious acidity that just makes you want to have another sip. Smooth with a luxuriously long finish. Wow. Just wow. White port like you’ve never had before. Finish your meal and retire to the parlour for your pipe and port. Not just any port, THIS port.

Hopefully, we’ll never be quarantined like this again (in my lifetime anyway), so go for it and spend the $130 bucks CAD to enjoy this amazingly sweet treat. Not to mention that a bottle like this could last you for months! After all, tomorrow is Saturday and you get to sleep in….right? Felicidades!

 

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