The good news about port wine glasses is that you can drink your favorite port wine with them, but the bad news (if there is any) is that the process of drinking port wine glass isn’t quite straightforward. However, if you keep reading this article you will know how to drink port wine glasses correctly by following our simple tips.
1) What exactly is port wine?
Often referred to as a fortified wine, port is made in Portugal using grapes from distinct regions such as Tawny and Douro. In fact, port is one of just a few types of wines that must be made with grape varieties from a specific place. Ports are available in two color varieties, ruby and tawny.
The latter has been aged in wood barrels for years—sometimes decades—which explains its deep brown hue. Port is typically served either straight or with a dash of water to make it more palatable for those who don’t like dry wines.
Those who do like dry wines often consider ports their favorite type of wine since they’re so well-suited for pairing with food.
2) The type of glasses used for drinking
One of Port wines’ main characteristics is its rich, dense flavor. Port glasses are large and bowl-shaped with a thick base and are designed so that Port can breathe from all angles, allowing more of its aroma to be exposed to our senses.
To prevent any loss of flavors, it is important not only for our nose but also for our mouth that we taste Port by swirling it in its glass before drinking.
In addition, taking small sips will allow us to savor every one of these aromas. The fat content (this is an important point): As we said before, because Port has a high level of alcohol by volume (20-22%), it is best consumed with food as opposed to on its own.
3) Best way to open it
If you’re just starting to learn how to enjoy a good port, there are two ways that you can open your bottle. First is with a corkscrew. The second way is by pulling on both sides of your stopper until it pops off.
You should always be mindful of which one you choose based on what kind of table setting you’re at and what kind of mood you are in when trying new wines. If you aren’t sure which one will suit your situation better, let others know that they can help by opening it for you and if possible, just have fun with it!
4) Serving temperatures
Port is a fortified wine, which means it contains brandy or another liquor that’s added after fermentation. As such, it should be served at room temperature, around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. However, many people prefer serving their ports chilled for a variety of reasons.
If you don’t like how a particular vintage tastes at room temperature, try chilling it and see if you notice a difference. But keep in mind that chilling changes how your port tastes—those who serve wines too cold argue that their flavors are muted or covered up by an unpleasant chilliness.
Serving your port too warm can cause your brandy or other spirits to boil out of solution (most ports actually contain just a small amount of alcohol).
5) Colour, tannin and sweetness levels
As a general rule, white ports will be less sweet than their red counterparts. If you’re new to drinking ports and don’t know where to start then try a White Port.
The best way of working out if it is sweet or not is by holding it up against your face and get a good smell of it, if you can smell any alcohol in there then it’s probably too much. Alcohol will also add bitterness as well as sweetness which might put some people off.
6) Side by side tasting
In a side-by-side tasting, you simply bring out two glasses of port—or whatever wines you’re comparing. Ideally, one of these will be something you love (and can use as a standard for measuring against other wines) and one will be something you don’t know or like as much (which can serve as a point of comparison)
. The key is to do your tasting before dinner or during an appetizer course so that it doesn’t disturb your appetite too much. It may seem strange to try and compare two things at once but if done correctly, it can greatly inform how you taste the first glass later on.
7) Dessert wines or port wines?
Port wines are known for their full-bodied and sweet flavor which makes them a great option for dessert. Dessert wines, on the other hand, tend to be sweeter than standard table wines, but not as rich and bold as port wines.
Both types of alcohol pair perfectly with fruit desserts like pies or cakes — try looking at what your local grocer or restaurant has in stock.
Many stores are starting to carry a wider variety of dessert wines due to high demand. If you’re worried about finding something good enough, ask an employee! They’ll likely be able to recommend something that will match your tastes without breaking your bank account.
8) Things you need to know about making your own port
When choosing a bottle of port, it is best to select one that is recommended by a local shop or liquor store. The price is not important here. It may be worth paying more for a bottle that you can enjoy now and not have to cellar for years in order to become more palatable.
A good way of starting your first night with port is drinking one half at room temperature and then sipping on another half over ice later in the evening.
This will allow you time for your body and palate time to adjust between styles of drinking, but more importantly, it allows you time for your tastes buds time to adjust from such strong flavors into something a little milder, but no less intense.
The great thing about wine is that it can be made from a variety of grapes. On average, red wines are produced with grapes that have tannins; these give wines a dry, bitter taste. Red wines can also be aged for many years, and improve over time with changes in taste and texture.
White wines are often made from neutral grape varieties like chardonnay or riesling, though these will eventually oxidize if not kept in an airtight container.
But even white wines come in red varieties if made from red grapes like pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon—the difference is color, not taste. Just remember that all types of wine should be enjoyed with good company and a little food!