Champagne & More, John Turi - Wine

Fonesca, Vintage Porto, 1977

Wine Rating: 99

The English writer Evelyn Waugh said it best regarding this month’s wine selection: “Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher.”

As my knowledge of wine has grown over the years, I have slowly become fonder of port and have often looked forward to drinking it, with a nice meal and good friends, sitting around the table talking about one thing or another. Cigars would be lit, dessert trays would be brought out and displayed, and then the port would be served. The fortified grapes would be balanced by the combination of the chocolate desserts and tobacco leaves, making the flavors deep and flawless.