Port Wines to pair with Thanksgiving Dishes

Updated: Nov. 22, 2022 at 11:22 AM EST
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Kopke's Fine Tawny At $19/bottle, it is a treat but not off the charts, so you can open a few bottles. As you'll see, it has a tawny color: this started life as a red wine, then was aged in barrels and exposed to air. It is great chilled, just on its own, to sip before dinner. It is also delicious with charcuterie boards, because it has sweetness to offset salty meats and cheeses, and acid to offset the rich character of the same. You can also carry it into first courses, especially to offset rich dishes like cream soups or oyster stews. Kopke 10-Year-Old Tawny is a marvelous wine to break out for dessert. If you are really full, you can just sip on this, again chilled is best. You'll immediately sense warm spices, dried fruits, and elegant hints of wood and honey. It is gloriously smooth, round, and complex. But, if you saved room, this is delicious with both pumpkin and pecan pie! This one costs about $35/bottle, and again you can just recork it and put it in the fridge to enjoy for weeks afterward. Kopke's Fine Ruby Ruby Ports are aged in stainless steel or glass containers, and not exposed to air, which is how they retain their rich red color. It is a deep dark-purple color with a ruby rim. When you taste this one, you first notice the liveliness of young fruit. It is firm and powerful in the mouth, with flavors of fresh fruit. It also costs about $19/bottle. The classic pairing for ruby ports is Stilton or other bleu cheeses, so this is just perfect after dinner but before dessert, though it is also great with chocolate.