White Port gets short shrift amongst fans, but compared to the more popular, complex red version, it is a perfectly tasty summer sipper. Made in Portugal from indigenous white grapes, white Port is a fortified wine around 18 to 20 percent alcohol, in sweet (lagriama) styles—boasting honey and hazelnut flavors—or dry, longer aged versions, which show a touch of sweetness and a nutty character. You can find versions of white Port hailing from Australia and California, but officially, it must be made in the Douro Valley to officially take the name Port.
A great substitute in white wine sangria, white Port adds some nuance to the big batch favorite. You can also sip chilled white Port in your standard wine glass, or even mix up white Port-and-tonic (garnished with lime or lemon) for a simple outdoor drink.
White Port Cocktail
Recipe courtesy sommelier Jane Lopes
2 ounces Barros White Porto
Splash of tonic water
1 lemon wedge, for garnish
Fill a highball glass with crushed ice and the Port. Top with tonic water and garnish with a lemon wedge.