I finished off the evening yesterday with a few glasses of Graham 10-year-old tawny Port and a cigar—Ramon Allones Specially Selected. I was looking out at the stars, having a conversation with one of my best friends, and thinking what a great deal this Port is. I guess I am stating the obvious.
But think about it: This nectar has an average age of 10 years, meaning it is a blend of Ports that have been aged in wood for an average of a decade. And it sells for about $30 a bottle. What a deal.
I like to serve my 10-year-old tawny chilled, straight from the fridge. It’s a refreshing, sweet, luxurious drink on a balmy evening. Dare I say I even love it with gelato? I remember having many lunches and dinners in the Douro Valley, with various Port shippers, enjoying chilled wood-aged Ports like the Graham last night. The late David Sandeman, whose family owned the Sandeman Port house at one time, used to call David's 20-year-old tawny “the mouthwash.”
The mouthwash would usually be served after we had tried a bottle or two of vintage Port during a lunch in his boardroom, on the Thames River in London. It was sort of hard to get much work done in the afternoon after a lunch like that!
During one lunch in the mid-1980s, I remember him saying, “God forbid the day when you Americans drink more vintage Port than us.” God bless his soul.
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