Monday, July 8, 2013

Port.....or Starboard

July 8, 2013

The world is full of interesting and fun facts that don't do a thing to bring about world peace or to end world hunger. Nonetheless, we like them. Our brains are like little sponges and we suck up these tidbits because they make us feel smarter.

Wanna know what tidbit of totally useless information I learned recently? Sure you do. You're at Between the Keys so smile! So here it is. From Wikipedia, the reason why only PORT wine from Portugal can be called PORT: 

Port wine (also known as Vinho do Porto, Portuguese pronunciation: [ˌviɲuduˈpoɾtu], Porto, and often simply port) is a Portuguese fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal.[1] It is typically a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine though it also comes in dry, semi-dry, and white varieties. Fortified wines in the style of port are also produced outside Portugal, most notably in Australia, South Africa, Canada, India, Argentina, and the United States. Under European Union Protected Designation of Origin guidelines, only the product from Portugal may be labelled as port or Porto.[2] In the United States, wines labelled "port" may come from anywhere in the world,[3] while the names "Dão", "Oporto", "Porto", and "Vinho do Porto" have been recognized as foreign, non-generic names for wines originating in Portugal.[4]


We recently stopped by Knob Hall Winery again and got a bottle of their wine made "in the style of port." OMG is it delicious!

So what do they call it since they can't call it "port?" Starboard, of course! 


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