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Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher.
-Evelyn Waugh

Foodstuff: Port Wine

Etymology
Shortened from Oporto, the city in northwest Portugal from which the wine was originally shipped; from o porto “the port.”

Description
Port wine is a fortified wine made from grapes grown in the Douro Valley region of Portugal. (This is one of the greatest wine rivers in the world, as it also feeds the Ribera del Duero wines that come from farther upriver in Spain.) Also known as Vinho do Porto or Porto, this typically sweet wine is one of our favorite ways to end a meal, whether served with dessert or as an indulgence all on its own. In the kitchen, however, port’s richness lends itself well to enhancing sauces to accompany game meats and other savory dishes – and yes, we’ve been experimenting. Though port is most frequently known as a sweet wine, it can also be found in semi-dry or extra dry varieties – it all depends upon the fermentation process.

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Seared Duck Breast with Figged Port Demi-Glace

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This dish is deceptively simple, and is a great technique for preparing duck breast with any kind of sauce.

Pass the Port, Please

Port is sexy. It’s sassy. In fact, it’s the sexiest of dessert wines.