In the very early days of wine making, the recipes and products were localized. People only drank the wine that was made in their region because wine had not started to travel yet. As wine started to travel the world as part of the world trade and the explorations that opened up the New World, the more popular wines started to achieve notoriety and fame all over the world. Champagne is a white, sparkling wine that is made from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. In France, it is illegal to call a product Champagne if it is not made with Champagne grapes. Port wine also enjoys that same level of popularity, although protecting its name has not been quite as easy.
Port wine has several other names it is know by including Vinho do Porto and Porto. In most cases, the word “wine” is dropped and it is simply referred to as Port. Real Port is made from grapes grown in the Douro Valley in Portugal. The country of origin is where the wine gets its name. It is referred to as a red wine that comes as dry, semi-dry and white. It has a very sweet taste to it which prevents it from being used as a dinner wine. When people serve Port, they generally do so as an after-dinner wine or a casual evening drink. It has caught on all over the world and enjoys a wide popularity and can also be found in many a wine bar.
The problem with Port wine comes with its name. To get wine that is truly Port, you need to have the wine that is made from the grapes of the Douro Valley. In the countries that abide by the laws of the European Union, the only wine that calls itself “Port” is wine that comes directly for Portugal. If you live in one of these countries, then you can rest assured that you are drinking true Port product. But in the United States, any fortified wine that has properties similar to Port but is made outside of Portugal can still be called Port. It can create a great deal of confusion for the people who want to enjoy real Port products but are not sure of exactly what they are getting.
To be sure that you are drinking real Port wine, you should read the label before you make your purchase. When you do taste real Port, you will recognize it right away. It is a very sweet wine that can help you to melt away the stress of the day and give you the chance to relax as the evening winds down.
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