It a warm Spring Sunday over here on the Left Coast, but I'm keeping cool indoors and enjoying a nice Tawny Port from Porto Morgado. Back in April of last year, I tried the Porto Morgado Ruby Port and enjoyed that wine, so I picked up a bottle of the Tawny variety down at my local Trader Joes for about a fiver. Nice mellow Port and well worth the modest investment. I'll be back for this one.
Here's a bit of a lesson in the finer aspects of port from the old sage Wiki:
Tawny ports are wines, made from red grapes, that are aged in wooden barrels, exposing them to gradual oxidation and evaporation. As a result, they gradually mellow to a golden-brown colour. The exposure to oxygen imparts "nutty" flavours to the wine, which is blended to match the house style.
Ruby port is the cheapest and most extensively produced type of port. After fermentation, it is stored in tanks made of concrete orstainless steel to prevent oxidative aging and preserve its rich claret color. The wine is usually blended to match the style of the brand to which it is to be sold. The wine is fined and cold filtered before bottling and does not generally improve with age