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A Playful New Port: Pretty (and Tasty) in Pink

A Playful New Port: Pretty (and Tasty) in Pink

Chicago Tribune

Admit it; port has something of an image problem these days. Too many people think of port (if they ever think about port) as an old fogy drink best savored by crotchety gents puffing on stogies and pigging out on blue cheese.

Looking to shake things up is Croft, the venerable Portuguese port house, with its Croft Pink port.

That’s right, pink.

Pink port tastes better than it sounds. Croft Pink’s dark berry and cherry flavor is lighter, crisper than traditional port, but you still get that wonderful syrupy quality that fills the mouth with warm spices and black pepper. There’s a richness, yes, but it’s not overdone.

And the port isn’t “pink” per se. The color is much deeper, more like a raspberry crossed with a black cherry.

This port is made much like a rose wine. Traditional red port grapes from Portugal’s Douro Valley are used, but the juice comes into limited contact with the color-bearing skins.