Santa Medina Port
A brief history of Port. We have the Brits to thank for this interesting wine style. During the war with France in 1667, England boycotted French wines and went to Portugal instead. The Portuguese moved grape production to the harbor town of Oporto to help get the wine into the boats for transport faster. In order to get the wine safely to England, a touch of Brandy was added to stabilize the wine during ocean transit. The result was a large enough addition of alcohol to effectively stop the yeast from fermenting. That is why the wines are typically sweet, dense and high in alcohol.
The Santa Medina Port is a real gem. The color is a deep, dark garnet to black. It presents silky, dried fruit aromas with bright flavors of ripe cherry, molasses and creamy caramel. This port is bright and intensely fruity. It has a warm, long dark chocolate finish.
Food Pairings: The Santa Medina Port would pair well with a cheese board of English Stilton with sliced pears, decadent desserts such as homemade pecan pie.
Or simply served on its own as a digestif.