With its centuries of history and the extensive craftmanship and skill involved in creating it, every bottle of Port is special. It makes it a great gift for fathers who are wine novices and wine experts alike. Here are our suggestions for food and wine pairings to help inspire your Father's Day celebrations, and prompt dad to pass around the Port.
This is a delicious accompaniment to any dessert with caramel, such as crème brûlée or tarte tatin, or strong blue cheeses like Roquefort. To be more daring, match it with foie-gras or a creamy seafood vol-au-vents.
Traditionally matched with full-flavoured and creamy cheeses, this fruity, fresh Ruby Port works well with chocolate desserts (mousse and molten chocolate cake) and berry-based pies and tarts.
White Port is an excellent partner for salted almonds and olives as an aperitif, or with a fresh desserts like vanilla ice-cream and tropical fruits. More daring is a match with a creamy salmon en croute.
This wine pairs wonderfully with a range of cheeses, rich chocolatey desserts, fresh fruit and red fruit tarts. More structured than the Ruby Port, this would also be fabulous by itself as a digestif.
This 10 year old Tawny Port is excellent with nutty puddings and hard cheeses. In Portugal, it is often paired with almond cakes or custard tarts (pasteis de nata). The fresh acidity of the Port cuts through these richer, creamier desserts beautifully.
The 40 Year Old Tawny is outstanding served on its own. A full, rich palate combines with a complex nose of toasted walnuts, caramel and sweet spice notes. As we have discovered, it pairs exceptionally well simply with a piece of dark chocolate. As with the 10 Year Old Tawny, it also goes very well with nutty desserts, as well as more elaborate sweets, and with intense cheeses.