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    Puffer Fish with some spikes variable's Avatar


    Port vs Sherry

    Both are "Dessert wines".

    What the difference between them ?

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    Huge Puffer Fish packed with spikes rottenzombie's Avatar


    Re: Port vs Sherry

    Don't Know..? Should be interesting,,,,
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    Re: Port vs Sherry

    Most find Ports a bit sweeter. Sherry is fortified with brandy after fermentation has been completed. Port is fortified halfway through the fermentation process, leaving some residual sugars.

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    Huge Puffer Fish packed with spikes BamaDoc77's Avatar


    Re: Port vs Sherry

    never had sherry with a cigar..hmm..
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    Best Bring Kryptonite! KASR's Avatar


    Re: Port vs Sherry

    All I know is, that there is a HUGE difference between an 1-8yr aged Port and a 12-25+ aged Port. H-U-G-E.
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    Maturing Puffer Fish Boss Hogg's Avatar


    Re: Port vs Sherry

    Port goes good with a great cigar. Especially the vintage 03's

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    Puffer Fish with many spikes Mark C's Avatar


    Re: Port vs Sherry

    Sherry is wine that has intentionally been oxidized. It has some of the same flavors you'd get from leaving a regular bottle of wine sit open on the counter for a few weeks. You can buy both dry sherry and sweet sherry (cream sherry) and a few variations in between. It's traditionally made in a small region in Spain. Makes for a great cooking wine, I find it pretty similar to Marsala and have substituted one for the other in a pinch.

    Port is entirely different. Made in Portugal, there are again tons of varieties, even including white ports I believe. Vintage ports are supposed to be the best, though not every year produces a crop good enough for a vintage designation. Vintage ports are the ones that typically age for 10+ years, everything that doesn't specifically say 'vintage porto' is not vintage and does not typically age long.

    The biggest difference is that sherry is white, port is red (usually), and the oxidation step in making sherry imparts very unique flavors. They're both acquired tastes, though I've come across a lot more people who like port than sherry.

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    Elder Puffer Fish Leader mosesbotbol's Avatar


    Re: Port vs Sherry

    Without typing too much; sherry & sherry are not necessarily a dessert wines.

    a Mark C mentioned, sherry is intentionally oxidized, and I do not think it is fortified. Port is fortified with brandy made from the same grapes. Sherry is similar to Madeira as it heated to attain it's flavor and keep it more stable.

    Sherry and madeira go best with cigars more than port.
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    Young Fish chico's Avatar


    Re: Port vs Sherry

    I really prefer port. There are tons of different varieties to sample to find the one best for you. There is a blog I've visited, www.fortheloveofport.com, that has a lot of good information, including some basic FAQs for newbies.

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes variable's Avatar


    Re: Port vs Sherry

    Thanks! I knew I could count on the great minds here

    I'm starting to explore Port now. Gos real well with a good cigar.
    Sherry will be next.

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    Leading Puffer Fish


    Re: Port vs Sherry

    My mother makes a real good seafood soup that is milk based and a shot of sherry just wakes it up perfectly . I can't imagine doing that with Porto . Interesting thread .

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