We may be biased but in our opinion there is nothing finer than a bottle of Port at Christmas time… or any time for that matter!
When paired with a good stilton, there is little better, but below are some other excellent food pairings to try over the festive season.
Ruby Ports are the ideal partner for a cheeseboard or chocolate dessert. They also make fantastic Port wine reductions to complement roast beef or duck.Try with full flavoured cheeses such as a good farmhouse Cheddar, Red Leicester or gorgonzola.
The sweet and full berry flavours of ruby port complement chocolate desserts such as a molten chocolate cake or a chocolate-walnut tart. Alternatively, a rich cherry pie would work brilliantly.
We love Quinta do Noval’s Ruby Port, so much that we stock it!
A glass of aged tawny port is delicious when matched with a hard, nutty cheese or a pudding such as apple pie, tarte tatin, baked figs or caramel tart.
Cheeses such as Parmesan and Manchego complement the naturally nutty flavours of tawny ports. Alternatively, go for any eggy dessert—for which the Portuguese are famous – such as Pastel de nata or a crème brûlée.
Be warned though, if you start eating Pastel de nata you will find it impossible to stop!
Quinta do Noval have wonderful Tawny ports, available from us here.
A vintage is only declared when the port house believes it has a truly exceptional wine.
The truly classic pairing is Vintage Port with blue cheeses such as Stilton. The tangy, soft and mellow character of mature blue cheese compliments the powerful character of Vintage Port. If Stilton isn’t your thing, you could consider Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Agur Blue.
If you are looking for the punch of a Vintage but at a more reasonable price then you should consider Quinta do Noval’s Silval Port. Quinta do Noval is one of the top Port houses in the World and produces the internationally renowned Nacionale. The Silval vintages are only declared in very good years and this is an excellent example. This wine also represents superb value for money compared to other vintage ports.
White port is wonderful when served chilled as an aperitif, or poured over ice, and pairs well with olives, nuts, gouda and similar cheeses, or even seafood.
Quinta do Noval produce a wonderful dry white port, available from us here.
If these pairing suggestions have whet (that’s the right spelling) your appetite, then check out our range of Ports.