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By Pete Bressert, Balzac Wine Bar


Douro Valley - Portugal


Oh porto, how I love you so. I don’t really care for sweets, just sweet wine. Port is made from red grapes from the Douro Valley in the north of the country. The grapes are then sent down river to Porto. In the early 1600’s, Luis XIV’s chancellor, Monsieur Colbert, restricted trading between the mainland of Europe and England. To satisfy the thirst of the British people for wine and other European products, wool merchants traded from the coastal town of Viana De Castello, north of Oporto. They traded for a range of products including dried fruits, olive oil and dry Portuguese wines. That is why one would pair a blue cheese, such as Stilton, and dried dates.