While Port-style wines are arguably one of the most underrated categories of wine, it is also one of the most resilient. Port-style wines have faced many a challenge, with the last few years being no exception. We as humans love making sense of things by putting it in certain boxes and sadly, the boxes created and allocated for the port-style wine have been limited and misrepresentative of the full potential of the category.
There are a few assumptions surrounding this category, one of which is that port-style wine is mostly reserved for the more mature consumer. The younger generation perhaps doesn’t know port as well and if they have tasted it and introducing the style to the younger consumer has proved a great challenge. Another unfortunate assumption, although it appears to be somewhat changing, is that the enjoyment of port-style wines is reserved only for the short three winter months, paired either with a dessert, a cheese board or enjoyed on its own. Port-style wines may be mysterious to the average and beginner consumer, but it is important to emphasize that the beauty of port-style wine really lies in its versatility. Port-style wine not only works well in cocktails, but also surprisingly well with main meal pairings, such as soups, curries, and read meat dishes like steak.