- Suggested retail price: Between $75 and $175
- Wednesday, December 23 (for as long as it lasts), we're pouring one ounce of each (three ounces of port) for $18
Vintage Port is really one of the great pleasures of wine. Frankly, people don't drink enough of it. Mark and I are on a mission to change that. This week we will offer The Spirits Project on Wednesday instead of Thursday, due to the holiday. And instead of a spirit, we are offering a flight of three vintage Ports, which are near and dear to our hearts. If you're not familiar with Port, here is an excellent opportunity to acquaint yourself to it's wonders. We will pour three wines from two different houses. Side-by-Side comparisons are always best.
Fonseca and Quinta do Vesuvio are both excellent houses. We will pour the 2007 Fonseca as a baseline lovely port in its younger stage of development. Vintage Port at this stage is all about concentration, fruit and power. Nineteen Ninety-Four was one of the best vintages of the 20th century. When it was released, back in 1996, Mark and I attended tastings of various properties back to the 1800s. We were so enamored of the vintage that we bought everything we could get our hands on. Our favorite of the lot was the Quinta do Vesuvio. I was working as a bartender at The Frog and The Peach in 1987, when I first tasted the Fonseca 1977. The port was only 10 years old at that point and I was only 22. We were both precocious, but only one of us would improve with age. Nineteen Ninety-Sevenwas a strange vintage with many exceptional wines. The 77s are clearly identifiable with an unusual structure that I love. To my mind then, and now, Fonseca is the port of the vintage.
So come in and try these three beauties side-by-side on Wednesday evening. At precisely 6:30, we will open one bottle of each. When it's gone, it's gone. I do hope you can join us.
Next week in The Spirits Project (Wednesday 12/30)
A New Year's Tasting of Bubbles!