I finally broke down and tried port. I was buying wine for dinner the other night and happened to stumble into the port section, and I just thought…why not? I’m curious what the gentlemen are always drinking after dinner in the novels I read (and write!). Any proper historical fiction writer would know.
This…is so much more like alcoholic grape juice than actual wine is! Wow. Port is super-sweet. I did not expect that. (Also way more alcoholic than regular red wine. Did not expect that, either.) I kind of like it, though.
I started with the very cheapest bottle, since the bottles were all smaller than regular wine and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a style of beverage I wasn’t sure I liked. Now I feel much more confident trying some of the more expensive and, it is to be presumed, better quality ports available to me. We’ll see if I continue to like them as I climb the scale of nicety. 🙂
In the meantime…here muse-y, muse-y, muse-y. I have your favorite 19th century gentleman’s drink….