I’m not a great fan, by the way, of port with cheese, especially stilton. Two strong totally strong flavours that clash. Just because it is ‘tradition’ doesn’t make it right! I’m out on my own I think. A quick twitter poll resulted in an almost universal condemnation for my heretical views.
Although the wine mutineer agreed
“Nope, I’ve tried it, and in my humble opinion, the complexity of the port combats the cheese, I like a desert Riesling or Sauternes instead”
Chocolate is the way to go when matching food with port; especially the Late Bottled Vintage version. I’ve just enjoyed a rather scrummy Chocolate Bavarois (made ‘em myself, he says with a triumphant gloat) with a generous glass of Cockburns LBV – pure bliss. You have to be generous with the drink serving, none of your namby-pamby little glasses, splash a generous measure into a wine glass.
Wine Tasting Note: Cockburn’s Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Port , 2003, Portugal
Stockist: Asda and Morrisons 10.69 [More on UKWOL] Price: £9.99 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
Distinct chocolate notes in the wine are mingled with a deep richness and mellow complex fruits. Mulberry is often noted but to me is more sweet raisins with a little plum and sweet strawberry thrown in. A nice sweetness tempered by the tannins and a creamy mouthfeel.
[ out of 5] Scribblings Rating – 90/100
A full recipe and instructions for Chocolate Bavarois is available on SpittoonExtra.