Graham’s Port…..a wonderful groom to a Chocolate bride
Port and chocolate is a classic marriage and to celebrate the upcoming ‘Chocolate Week’ in mid-October, Graham’s Port and Lily O’Briens chocolates invite you to explore the wonderful world of Port and Chocolate.
Port is a fortified red or white wine – this means extra alcohol has been added to elicit sweetness. There is a rule of thumb about ensuring your wine is sweeter than your dessert. This holds true for pairing Ports as well.
As with any food pairing, the key concept is matching the weight and intensity of the chocolate with that of the wine. With dark, intense chocolate flavours we suggest Graham’s Six Grapes, a Late Bottled Vintage or a younger, ripe-fruit-driven Vintage Port. In fact, a plain 70% chocolate provides almost the perfect partner to some of Graham’s finest ports.
Henry Shutton, winemaker of the prestigious premium Graham’s Port, will be hosting a masterclass in The Porthouse, Dublin 2, in what promises to be a lively and fun debate, pairing some of his finest ports with some of Lily O’Briens spectacular chocolate selection. The masterclass will take place at 5.30pm on Wednesday 26th October and there is limited availability so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are €20 per person.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Emma Needham at [email protected]or 087 912 76476.
Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) is a wine of a single year, made in years when no formal “Vintage” is declared. Whereas vintage port spends only two years in casks and then matures in bottle, LBV is aged in casks for four to six years, then bottled after a light filtration. Graham’s 2003 LBV has a deep and almost opaque ruby colour. Both nose and palate are of stunning intensity, the nose of red and jammy black fruit aromas, the palate full bodied and robust with an exceptionally velvety and well-rounded structure, leading to a complex and fruit-driven finish. For this reason, Graham’s LBV is the perfect match to simple dark chocolate, perhaps with a cassis or fruity tinge.
RSP: €17.99 Stockists: Widely available, including Supervalu, Dunnes, O’Briens, all good off licences
Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port is blended to be as similar as possible to a young vintage port, and is often referred to as “the everyday port for the vintage port drinker.” Dark red in colour, with a seductive rich perfume of ripe plums and cherries, the palate is a complex blend of fruit flavours, with a good structure and a long lingering finish- a perfect accompaniment to dark chocolate fondants or intense and rich chocolate brownies.
RSP: €22.99 Stockists: Dunnes, all good off licences
Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port is a vintage port made solely from the grapes produced at our legendary Quinta dos Malvedos in the heart of the Douro region. The 1999 vintage has a gorgeous bouquet redolent of chocolate, mint and spice. The palate is both luxurious and lusty, showing cassis and layers of blackcurrant and black plum. An intense chocolate torte served with fresh raspberries has proven to be the best match to date with Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage 1999. The raspberry and chocolate combination together with the rich, plummy intensity and long luscious finish of the wine is out of this world.
RSP: €49.99 Stockists: all good off licences
International Wine and Spirit Competition 2010
1 ‘BEST IN CLASS’ Gold medal: Graham’s 1999 Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage
2 Silver medals: Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage 2005 (BEST IN CLASS); Graham’s 30 Years Old Tawny
Decanter World Wine Awards 2010
2 Gold medals: Graham’s Crusted 2002; Graham’s 10 Years Old Tawny
4 Silver medals: Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage 2005; Graham’s Six Grapes; Graham’s 1999 Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage; Graham’s 1994 Vintage
International Wine Challenge 2010
8 Silver medals: Graham’s Six Grapes; Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage 2005; Graham’s 20 Years Old Tawny; Graham’s 30 Years Old Tawny; Graham’s 40 Years Old Tawny; Graham’s 1999 Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage; Graham’s 1994 Vintage; Graham’s 1980 Vintage