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This week I am on vacation with MM at my family’s house in The Poconos. On Sunday we’re going to the wedding of my best friend (who will be known as KM2), and she and her fiancé (who will be known as Rad) visited with us last night before heading off to the resort to prep for their upcoming nuptials.

My mom made a delicious dinner of spinach pesto stuffed chicken with creamy pesto sauce, spinach salad with feta and champagne vinaigrette, Caprese pasta and sautéed broccolini. The meal was perfect, but alas the highlight of the night was the 1985 Fonseca Vintage Porto that my dad opened – a wine from my birth year, as well as KM2 and her fiancé (MM is a 1986er… I know, I’m a cougar).

Porto (also known as Port) is typically a sweet, red wine often served as a dessert wine. It is a fortified wine and is produced exclusively in the Douro Valley of the northern provinces of Portugal. There are port-style wines produced in other regions of the world, including the United States. All Ports should be drank with a little age on them, as the tannins soften over time allowing the sweet fruit flavors to shine through. According to my father, the 1985 Fonseco Vintage Porto could easily be aged another ten years, but was drinking fantastically last night.

My father poured six glasses to be shared amongst us. I poured a little extra for myself and MM, since Port is his favorite. The wine was a very dark ruby, almost black, and over 20% alcohol content. The nose had flavors of cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, coffee and a touch of tobacco. The taste was round and viscous, with a smooth and powerful finish.

I’m looking forward to drinking another bottle… in ten years or so.

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a food and wine lover residing in Napa, California, where she does marketing for a boutique wine collective. She previously lived in San Francisco for over six years, where her blogging journey began. She loves to cook seasonal meals and experiment with new wine pairings. She has been drinking and learning about wine with her father since she was 14, and cooking in the kitchen with her mother since she was 6. Both of her parents taught her well about seasoning and flavors, and she continues to learn more with every meal that is made.

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  1. John Morrison

    We have had 85v ports from Fonseca, Graham’s and Dow over the years. They are really coming in to their mature years now and this Fonseca was just awesome. A great combination of the “grip” that young port has and the mature, earthy flavors that come from 27 years of aging. Great stuff, with a minimum of 10 years of great drinking ahead.


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