Port fans barely recognize it as a drink. But\u00a0if you allow white Port to stand on its own as a simple, enjoyable summer ap\u00e9ritif instead of measuring it against its complex, nuanced red cousin, you might be pleasantly surprised. Made in Portugal from indigenous white grapes, white Port is a fortified wine around 18 to 20 percent alcohol. Sweet, or lagriama, whites are fermented in tanks and sometimes wood, and flavors range from honey nectar to caramel and hazelnut. Dry white Ports are fermented longer in tanks and usually wood, and have a hint of sweetness and a nutty finish.\r\n\r\nVersions of white Port are made with different grapes in California, Australia and elsewhere, though as with red Port, authentic white Port is only made in the Douro Valley in Portugal.\r\nHow to Drink White Port\r\nDrink white Port chilled straight up in a white wine glass, or pour equal parts white Port and tonic\u00a0or soda water in a cocktail glass and garnish with lime. Sweet white Port is ideal for sangria\u2014macerate the fruit in white Port before mixing with a bottle of white wine, or substitute white Port for the wine altogether. Unopened white Port will keep a few years, or opened and refrigerated up to a month.\r\nAccompaniments\r\nServe dry white Port with almonds, hard cheese, stone fruits, p\u00e2t\u00e9 or sushi, and sweet white Port with a light dessert such as sponge cake or a meringue shell filled with fresh fruit.\r\nCooking With White Port\r\nAdd dry white Port to potato or seafood chowder or in place of white wine in any recipe to add depth and a nutty flavor. Use sweet white Port in desserts and sauces.\r\nBottles to Try\r\nRamos Pinto, Niepoort and Sandeman\u00a0make good dry versions for drinking; Churchill\u2019s dry is aged longer and is darker, nuttier and a good addition to soup. Prager\u2019s Aria, a Californian\u00a0 off-dry, nutty sweet white, complements an assortment of appetizers, and Sobon Estate\u2019s\u00a0Rezerve, a light, fragrant, sweet California white Port, is excellent in sangria or as an after-dinner drink.