The misunderstanding of Port is that it is either for the winter months, or merely an after dinner drink. Yet neither is exclusive. Graham’s 20-Year-Old Tawny bridges all the gaps. Using a variety of Ports from five different vineyard sites, this 20-Year-Old is drinking extremely well right now. Comprised of various grapes including Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Franca, this 20 YO is full of life – a complex and layered wine that offers infinite possibilities for food pairings and just old fashioned enjoyment. There is, as Tawny’s should reflect, less overt sweetness and more nuanced nut and spice notes. Graham’s has a handful of coopers who keep up the oak casks the wine ages in, most of which are between 75 and 100 years old. Therefore this exhibits mature baked cinnamon-apple, clove, marzipan, molasses, honeysuckle, fresh cut cedar, nectarine, apricot, orange zest and slight butter toffee notes all with a still bright and effusive acidity. Serve this slightly chilled. They claim the shelf life is four to six months after opening, but I guarantee this Port will be long gone before that.

Average Price: $65/ 750ML
Alcohol: 20%
Pair With: Baked miso-glazed black cod; Venison mincemeat with apricot chutney; Hard and soft cheeses like Fontina, Wisconsin mild cheddar. 
Availability: Widely Available/10,000 Cases
Website: www.grahams-port.com

The California Wine Club

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.