Monday, February 18, 2013
On 11:05 AM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine in 67Wine, douro, Luis Pato, niepoort, niepoort charmes, niepoort colheitas, niepoort twisted, port, portuguese wine, quinta do popa, tawny No comments
While good company can always enhance a wine, wine spurs conviviality. And Port, with all of its charms, can be very convivial. On a chilly January evening, the desire to drink some good Port spurred me to host a Portuguese-themed dinner party. On the table were two Colheitas from Niepoort, a 1986 and 2001. Colheita, which means ‘harvest,’ is a style of Port — specifically, a tawny Port from a single year. Tawny is commonly a blend of vintages, but when conditions are exceptional, a producer might choose to mature the wine separately, bottling that vintage as distinct from blended Port.
Leading up to the Port was a Portuguese dinner for whose menu I turned to David Leite’s The New Portuguese Table. When I prepare food at home, I use the best and freshest ingredients possible. After all, I’m cooking for people I care about, and food choices can have an impact beyond the table. For the main course, I prepared Spicy Azorean Garlic-Roasted Pork from a Red Wattle Boston pork butt (pork butt is actually the shoulder, and Red Wattle is a flavorful breed that originated in the South Pacific; it’s available, Animal Welfare Approved, from Heritage Foods USA). Marinated overnight in puréed poblano peppers, garlic, sweet paprika, salt, black pepper, and red and white wines, the cut took well to the spices and slow cooking; after four hours in the oven, the meat was succulent and tender. The second dish was Leite’s Black Olive Risotto, which paired well with a slew of Douro wines: Niepoort Charmes (Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca) was shockingly silky for a Douro, almost Burgundian; a Niepoort Twisted (a blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz , Tinta Amarela, and Tinto Cão) that was dark and fruity; and a 2009 Quinta Do Popa Preffácio, masculine, fresh and full of Douro character, and a vintage made with Luis Pato as consultant.
Since Port was the centerpiece of the evening, I served desserts designed to compliment the Colheitas. We disagreed over which Port was better. The 2001 was nicely red-fruited, creamy and had mellow tannins, but for me, the 1986 was more worth savoring — tawny-brown in color with sweet, dried fig flavors and an endless, dry finish that brought out hazelnut and coffee flavors. Circling between Port and dessert (blue cheeses, salted nuts, apricot tart, and eventually, cigars), there were some unforgettable flavor moments. The Ports carried us into the evening along with recordings of Fado music, where saudade (soulful longing) provided yet more context for what was in our glasses.
Graffiti met Wine at 67 Wine A big thank you to Cope 2, 67 Wine & Aviva Vino for an incredibly & amazing grand tasting of our wine...
La Caldera 67 Limited Edition Cuvée 2009 To commemorate more than 70 years in the Wine & Spirits industry, 67 Wine has partnered w...
Nicole DeCicco, a partner at Upstate Wine Co . and purveyor of some of New York State’s finest wines, chatted with Ben Wood, our New York ...
Lobsters molt their shells twice a year, leaving their hard shells behind and creating a new shell that is quite soft. The old, hard shell i...
by Paul Bressler, 67 Wine Rhone Buyer and eCommerce Director As a quick introduction, I’ve been buying the Rhone wines for 67 Wine ...
One of the great benefits to being in the wine industry, aside from connecting people with the amazing artisans we work with, is the chance ...
Hi, So yesterday I invited a bunch of famous New York wine bloggers to 67 wine to write some tasting notes; and taste with the customers. Fo...
My arrival in Bordeaux was marked by decidedly un-Israeli weather. The low clouds, light mist and cool temperatures suggested late April rat...
Alder Yarrow writes a serious and well written wine blog called Vinography. Based in the San Francisco area, he recently attended TASTE Sono...
I’d like to share with you our recent experiences and sincere love of the wines by lauded Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Sinskey. ...
- ▼ February (8)
- ► 2012 (28)
- ► 2010 (44)
- ► 2009 (57)