A fine pleasure

Taylors bottle

After a stressful day of looking at the latest government budget for 2013 and what it will mean for our monthly income (another large cut, the only question being just how large), we decided to treat ourselves to that bottle of Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage I’ve been wanting ever since returning from Porto.

Our local garrafeira has it for 12 euros, which is a third less than the price I’d originally thought. (Turns out we confused the prices for this and the 10-year tawny, which is right next to it on the shelf.) That made it an even easier sell. We brought home a bottle of the 2005 vintage and opened it up tonight.

Oh my. Such a fine pleasure. I honestly cannot remember drinking a wine this smooth before. It’s not too sweet, as many ports are to my palate. It’s not at all acidic or tasting of tannins, as many red wines are. Nor is it watery or too bright with fruit tastes. It’s just…perfect. And if we drink a port glass one or two nights per week, this bottle will last a month.

So I am raising my glass in salute to all of my fellow Iberian residents tonight. Most of us have been paring the pleasures out of our budgets for three to four years now, with no end in sight. But at least we live in a place where fine wines are within reach of even a government-slashed budget.

Oh, and I can also confirm that this port is divine with dark chocolate.

UPDATE: As it turns out, one glass wasn’t enough. So we experimented and I can now confirm that the LBV also goes wonderfully with extra sharp cheddar cheese. Yum.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to A fine pleasure

  1. Pit says:

    I certainly agree that it goes well with (extra sharp) cheddar, I’d also like it with some good Stilton. That’s how I used to finish a good supper when I was in England in the 1980s and 90s.
    Have a great weekend,

  2. xenatuba says:

    This post sent my wife out for chocolate. I believe that we will toast you this evening.

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