Ask Sid: Why is Port usually served in a smaller wine glass?

July 19th, 2017
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Question: Wondering why a Port wine served at the end of a meal usually comes in a smaller wine glass.

Answer: So do I. A couple of reasons often given are that the amount poured is usually less than for other wines and the higher alcohol would show more prominently if in a large glass. I don’t buy it. A smaller glass makes it more difficult to study both the colour tones and the bouquet of the Port. Therefore I usually pour it into my empty larger red wine glass from a previous course. Also helps to have the Port cooler rather than at room temperature served with cheeses (blue can work well) and roasted nuts (prefer walnuts & pistachios). Enjoy Port in a larger glass!

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July 19th, 2017

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