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Port recipes


A fortified wine from the Douro Valley in Portugal, port is made in a range of styles and qualities. Ruby port is the least expensive while vintage port is the priciest.

Recipes using port

Main course

Light meals & snacks

Starters & nibbles

Side dishes


Drinks and cocktails


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Buyer's guide

When cooking with port, use one that you would be happy to drink.


Once opened, a bottle of port should be drunk with 2-3 days.


Given the expense, it would be a waste to cook with vintage port and other top styles, such as colheita and single-quinta vintage ports. Ruby port and many tawny ports, however, are excellent cooking wines. Use either in stews or casseroles or to de-glaze pans when making quick sauces to go with meat dishes.

Article by Susan Low

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