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.