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Christian Brothers Tawny Port - $5.99
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Established in 1882 in the fertile San Joaquin Valley, California, The Christian Brothers Brandy is committed to producing rich, flavorful brandies using only the finest grape varietals. Christian Brothers Brandy has a tempting, fruity bouquet and soft, subtle texture. The full body is imbued with layers of well-balanced fruit flavors and a warm, lingering finish.
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Bread Pudding, Cakes, Chocolate Cake, Nutty Desserts, Pecan Pie
Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.
Port is a fortified Portuguese wine. Produced from grapes grown and processed in the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal, distilled grape spirits are added to the wine during the fermentation process, increasing the alcohol content and halting fermentation before all the sugar is converted to alcohol, to produce a strong sweet wine. The different aging processes produce a variety of different types of port. The lighter styles, including white and tawny ports, can be served as aperitifs or cocktails, while the heavier styles, including Vintage ports, are commonly served after meals often with accompaniments of cheese, roasted nuts or bittersweet chocolate. The Douro Valley, established as a protected region in 1756, is the second oldest defined and protected wine region in the world. Both U.S. Federal Law and European Union guidelines restrict the label "Port" to products from Portugal. The Douro River Valley consists of steep hillsides with numerous microclimes created by the twists and turns of the River. The hot climate and difficult terrain encourage deep-rooted vines and produce grapes with intense flavor. Most ports contain a mixture of several different grape varieties and over 30 varieties of white grapes and more than 50 varieties of red grapes are grown in the region. Most of the wine travels through the port city of Porto, at the mouth of Douro River, for export, hence the name. The Port industry is regulated by the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP or Port and Douro Wine Institute). Port became popular in England in the early 1700s while war with France prevented the import of French wine. Various stories exist about the discovery of the fortification process, but the end result is that it greatly improved the shelf-life of the wine, allowing it to be exported without spoiling. The English have continued to be involved with the port trade and the names of many port shippers are familiar, including Cockburn, Croft, Dow, Graham, Osborne, Sandeman, Taylor, and Warre. The differing styles of port are a result of the quality of grapes used and the aging process, cask-aging or bottle aging. Cask aging, usually in wooden barrels, exposes the wine to oxygen allowing evaporation and producing a heavy intense port. These can be ready to drink after fining, filtration, and bottling. Ports designed to age in the bottle are generally aged in oak for a short period of time and then bottled, usually without filtration. They may age in the bottle for several decades before they are ready to drink. The sealed bottle allows little or no exposure to air and produces a smoother, less tannic product. Typical styles of port include Ruby Port, Tawny Port, White Port, Vintage Port, Late Bottle Vintage Port, Colheita Port, Aged Tawny Port, Vintage Character Port, Single Quinta Port, Garrafeira Port, and Crusted Port.
Tawny Port is a fortified Portuguese wine and describes a wide variety of types. All are made from red grapes aged in wood barrels, mellowing the wine to an amber-brown color with a nutty flavor. (See PORT for more information on the region and fortification process.)
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