Vintage-character style port imported from Portugal. Thirty-eight years ago, Bartholomew Broadbent's father Michael organized the first fine wine auction at Christie's in London. Broadbent Auction Reserve has not been filtered and is a blend of vintages ranging in age from 1999-2002. The juice is 100% foot trodden, in the traditional manner, and is aged in oak. This is a ruby port with a pretty pomegranate red hue. Aromas of violets and lavender with overtones of blackberry and anise. Fresh, fruit-forward flavors of boysenberry and plum with a hint of chocolate. Lingering, fruit-filled finish.
Imported fortified wine from Portugal. Special Reserve is a blend of ports with an average age of 4-5 years. Older wines are blended with younger wines to achieve the complex flavor that echoes of dried plums. Off-dry to medium sweet, with a rich mellow texture. Long, dry finish. Pair with aged Stilton cheese, almonds, strawberries or squares of chocolate.
Tawny port aged in oak casks for 10 years. A soft, round wine balanced by a rich, subtle, mature fruit. ' Pale ruby with a copper hue; caramel and date aromas; The generous entry shows sweet fruit with a good follow-through and well-integrated; a harmonious 10 Year-Old.' 91 PTS BEVERAGE TASTING INSTITUTE and 92 PTS WINE SPECTATOR
Tawny port imported from Portugal. Beautiful red color with tawny shades. Its bouquet is rich with hints of very ripe fruit (plum, apricot, marmalade) and floral notes. Full-bodied and rich flavored with notes of spice and dry fruit. The wines selected for the blend vary in age from 4 to 9 years. Serve slightly chilled with sweets, desserts, and cheeses. Can also be served on its own or with selected entrees.
White port imported from the Douro region of Portugal. Yellow-straw hue with a fresh, intense aroma that has floral and fruit overtones. Soft, well-balanced, rich and full. Serve chilled on its own or with dry fruits and toasted almonds. Or, serve as an aperitif mixed with tonic, over ice with a slice of lemon.
Portuguese port blended from high quality reserve wines, from a range of vintages. Shows some of the characteristics of true vintage port. Rich, full-bodied flavors of black currants, plums, and cherries with an intense, lingering finish. Spends four years in wood vats prior to bottling and is ready to drink when bottled.
Wood-aged port from Portugal. Aged for up to four or five years and ready to drink after bottling. Full-bodied and blended from 2 or 3 years harvest. Soft, rich and fruity. Aromas of cream, berries and vanilla. Flavors of blackberry, pear and coffee. Sweet blackberry finish. Gold medal winner at the 1997 International Wine Challenge.
Tawny port imported from southern Australia. Matured in small oak barrels at the Penfolds Kalimna Tawny Cellar, located in the Barossa Valley. Amber-brown color with dark red rim. Aromas of dried fruit, vanilla and caramel. Flavors of ripe spicy fruit, toffee and walnuts. Drinkable now -2007. Serve with cheeses or dessert.
Ruby red port imported from Portugal. The House of Sandeman was founded in 1790 in London. A blend of wines from three or four different years, ranging from three to seven years old. Red port wines that are fruity are blended with more mature wines for depth of flavor and character. Young, robust and rich. Good served after dinner with nuts or Stilton cheese.
A blended tawny port imported from Oporto, Portugal in which the average age of the ports used for the blend is 20 years old. Imported by the House of Sandeman which was founded in 1790 in London. Aged in oak casks during which it acquires its golden tawny color. Deep amber color. Aromas of caramel, hazelnut, blackberry jam and plums. Flavors of elderberries, cocao and cake. Ready to serve when bottled and will hold its flavor for one month after opening. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating. Serve with Stilton cheese and nuts at the end of the meal or as an aperitif.
Fortified wine imported from Portugal. Warm mahogany color. A blend of wines that can range in age from three to five years old. These wines mature quickly and lose their ruby red color to become a tawny port. Mellow, fruity taste and fresh, youthful finish. Can be served slightly chilled as an aperitif or at room temperature as an after dinner drink.
Ruby port that is a blend of ports ranging in age from four to six years that are usually rich and full-bodied. Deep ruby color. Aromas of black pepper and flavors of vanilla, nuts and pears. Very balanced. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Tawny port imported from Portugal. A blend of full-bodied red ports that have been aged in wood for an average of ten years. Ports of age are blended for freshness, balance and continuity of style. As the port ages it loses its fruit qualities and gains nutty characteristics. Russet color with flavors of fruits and nuts. Crisp finish. Serve with cheeses, nuts and desserts based on nuts, caramel, coffee and chocolate. Ready to drink.
Ruby port imported from Portugal. Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman were the creators of the late-bottled vintage wine. Originally conceived as an alternative to more expensive and often hard to find vintage ports. LBV is lighter, less complex, and less concentrated than vintage port. Aged in cask from four to six years, It is ready to drink,requires no decanting and has a longer shelf life once uncorked that a mature vintage port. Serve with full-flavored cheeses, nuts or as an after dinner drink.
Tawny port imported from Portugal. A blend of full-bodied vintage quality red ports that are aged in the cask rather than bottles like vintage ports. Tawny ports of age are blended for freshness, balance and continuity of style and the age shown is an average age of the ports blended. Tawny/brown/red color. Dry aromas of herbs, citrus, and black tea. Hints of fruit underly nutty, caramel flavors. Nice balanced finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating. Ready to drink and good with cheeses, nuts and desserts.
Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) is a port of one harvest and of particularly good quality. Aged for four years before bottling and another nine years in the bottle. Aromas of berry fruit, plums, fruit cake, and chocolate. Smooth and balanced with a silken texture. Winner of the silver medal at the 1997 San Francisco Fair International Wine Competition. Ready to drink. Will require decanting before drinking to remove sediment.
Aged 10 year old tawny port from the Duoro Valley of Portugal. A lighter style of Port. Light tawny color. Aromas of dried fruits and walnuts. Flavors of nuts and mature fruit with dense caramel and walnut notes. Long, fresh finish. Does not need decanting. Ready to drink. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature. Named Best Fortified Wine by 'Decanter' magazine for March 2000 and 'Wine & Spirits International' for February 2000.
A blend of tawny ports aged a full twenty years in seasoned oak casks imported from Portugal. Copper color with soft nutty aromas. Rich, delicate, balanced. Serve straight up as an aperitif or after dinner drink.
The oldest brand of port in the world. Warre & Co. was founded in 1670. Deep ruby color. Fresh, fruity nose. Flavors of vanilla, cherry, spice and plum with some tanin.
The best selling imported sherry in the U.S. Produced in the Spanish town of Jerez de la Frontera. A blend of solera-aged sherry, fino, amontillado and cream sherries. Deep golden-brown color. Creamy, nutty flavors with intense nutty aftertaste. Serve as an aperitif or on-the-rocks with a twist or wedge of lime.
Amontillado style (medium-bodied and dry to off-dry) sherry imported from Spain.
Cream sherry imported from Spain. Cream sherry, also known as Amoroso, is usually darker, more full-bodied and sweeter than dry or fino sherries.
Medium dry sherry produced and bottled in Spain. Known by the heavy cloth bag that it is shipped in. May be served over ice or in various cocktails.
Three year old Madeira imported from the island of Madeira, off the coasts of Portugal and North Africa. Shiny gold color. Fresh aroma with flavors of cocoa, grape, apple, and walnut. Aged a minimum of three years in oak casks. Excellent with desserts, cheeses, and as an after-dinner drink. Store upright, away from light at a moderate temperature.
Fine, rich Madeira imported from the island of Madeira off the coasts of Portugal and North Africa. Madeira differs from other fortified wines in that it is subjected to a unique heating process (discovered centuries ago when the wine was shipped long distances near the equator - they found the flavor was more desirable after the long journey). Brilliant amber color. Rich, ripe aromas of grapefruit, coffee, and caramel. Full-bodied with a round texture. Flavors of coffee and caramel. Serve with desserts, cheeses, as an after-dinner drink, or in a large glass over ice with a lemon peel.
Sweet, viscous and deeply flavored fortified wine from the island of Madeira which is off the coast of Morocco. Similar to port in texture and taste but can range from somewhat dry to very sweet. This Madeira is slightly sweet, tangy, perfumed and well balanced.
Fortified wine (which means that brandy has been added) imported from Sicily, Italy. The grapes used are left on the vines for an extended period so that they provide a very sweet juice for the base wine, though the 'dry' marsala is less sweet than the 'sweet' marsala. This is a 'Fine' marsala which means that it has been aged in wood for at least four months. Hints of vanilla and raisins.Most often used in cooking in such dishes as veal or chicken marsala or serve as an aperitif.
Fortified wine (which means that brandy has been added to the wine) imported from Sicily, Italy. The grapes are left on the vine for an extended period to produce a heavy, sweet juice for marsala's base wine. This is sweeter than the 'dry' marsala. Flavors of dates and apricots. Most often used in cooking such dishes as veal or chicken marsala but is also delicious as an after-dinner wine.
Domestic fortified wine from one of the largest producers of wine in the world. This is a ruby port which has a ruby red color, is full-bodied, fruity and sweet. Good served with cheeses or as an after dinner drink
Ruby port made in America. Robust with intense cherry and cassis flavors. Serve as an after dinner drink.
Late Bottled Vintage Port imported from Portugal. LBV means the port has many of the characteristics of vintage port, without having to wait for it to finish aging before drinking. Quinto do Crasto Traditional LBV is made from old vine grapes, is 100% foot trodden in the traditional style, and is ready to drink. Intense violet color. Floral aromas with hints of wild berries and dry nuts. Flavors of round tannins. Deep and intense.
Domestic port made in New York state. Semi-sweet, full-bodied, ruby port. May be served on-the-rocks or at room temperature, with soda or a twist. Good with dessert or for sipping.
Domestic tawny port made in New York state. Lighter and drier than regular (ruby) port. May be served on-the-rocks or at room temperature.
A blend of premium New York state sherries. No added salt (many cooking sherries have added salt and are quite salty tasting).
Domestic golden sherry made in New York state. A soft, medium-dry sherry with a mellow nutty flavor. Can be served on-the-rocks or at room temperature. Good with hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
Domestic cream sherry from Sheffield Cellars which is owned by Gallo. Cream sherry is usually darker, more full-bodied and sweeter than regular or dry sherry. Good served with desserts or as an after dinner drink.
Domestic (made in New York) cream sherry. Full-bodied, semi-sweet sherry with a slightly nutty flavor. Can be served on the rocks or at room temperature. A good dessert or after dinner sherry.
Very dry domestic sherry from Sheffield Cellars which is owned by Gallo. A very dry sherry is less sweet, paler and lighter than other sherries and has a nutty, yeasty flavor. Good served chilled as an aperitif.
Dry sherry made in the U.S (New York state). Honey color. A crisp, dry sherry with a hint of nuts. Can be served chilled or on the rocks, with a twist or with soda. Good as a before dinner cocktail.
Fortified wine made in California. Made by a method called 'baking' which recreates the flavor of the first madeiras that literally baked on board ship as they were transported from Spain across the oceans. Deeply flavored like port but can range from very dry to very sweet. Good as an aperitif or added to your favorite chicken or veal recipe.
Fortified wine made in California. A robust wine that adds a unique, nutty flavor to chicken or veal dishes such as veal marsala. One of the most popular wines used in cooking. Marsala has a brownish, honey color and flavors of dried fruits such as raisins, plums, prunes and fig.
Aperitif made in the U.S. A wine-based beverage created in 1846 by a French wine merchant. It is still made according to the original family recipe which consists of wine and a blend of herbs and spices that are infused into the wine to create a flavor that is not too sweet and not too dry. Cranberry/tawny color. Tart nose with aromas of grapes and fruit. Fresh and clean flavors with notes of cranberry and fruit. Sweet and sour finish. Good served chilled, on the rocks, or with club soda and a slice of orange.
Fortified wine from Gambarelli and Davitto of California. Robust wine that adds a unique flavor to chicken or veal dishes such as veal marsala. One of the most popular wines used in cooking. Marsala has a brownish, honey color and flavors of dried fruits such as raisins, plums, prunes and fig.
Madeira style fortified wine (somewhat similar to port) made in the U.S. Made from fermented grape juice and brandy. Can be served before dinner as an aperitif or in veal and chicken recipes.
Fortified wine from California. Robust wine that adds a unique flavor to chicken or veal dishes such as veal marsala. One of the most popular wines used in cooking. Marsala has a brownish, honey color and flavors of dried fruits such as raisins, plums, prunes and fig. Can also be served as an aperitif or slightly chilled with hearty, spicy cheeses.
Aperitif imported from France. White-wine appearance. Aromas of quinine, minerals, wine and citrus. Flavors of dry wine, citrus and spice. Rrefreshing finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.
Medium-bodied, dry sherry imported from Spain. Brilliant orange/amber color. Flavors of Brazil nut and citrus. The 'Wine Enthusiast' gives it 87 points and considers it a Best Buy. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it ***. Serve slightly chilled with food.
Medium Dry Amontillado sherry imported from Spain. The Romero family has been producing sherry since 1860. Nutty and round. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled during the meal or as a dessert wine.
Ten year old tawny port imported from Portugal. Pale orange-red color. Medium-bodied. Notes of dates, figs and brown spice. The Buying Guide to Spirits says that the 'Smooth butterscotch palate has richness of mouthfee land generous spicy oak flavors through the finish' and gives it 85 points (highly recommended).
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Some of the above descriptions are based on information in the following sources:
- Kindred Spirits by F. Paul Pacult. Hyperion, New York, New York, 1997.
- Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch by Michael Jackson. Dorling Kindersky Limited, London and Running Press Book Publishers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1989-91.