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Which direction should you pass the Port?

Which direction should you pass the Port?

Tradition dictates that the Port decanter should be placed on the table to the right of the host or hostess. It is then passed to the left, going clockwise around the table until it comes to rest at its starting point. Port is never passed across the table or back on itself – it’s only to the left.

Why do we toast with Port?

The decanter would tip over if placed on the table, thus ensuring that it continues to circulate. The port is served prior to the Loyal Toast, and in sufficient time to allow it to circulate fully among all the diners before the Loyal Toast is called.

Can you drink Port on its own?

How else should we enjoy port? A Vintage Port speaks for itself and doesn’t need any showing off; it should really be enjoyed by itself after dinner. I think White Port is best served chilled as an aperitif but it can also be used in cocktails and it pairs very well with roasted almonds.

How do you pour a Port?

Simply stand the bottle upright for a day or two. This will move all the sediment to the bottom of the bottle. Open the bottle and pour slowly and steadily in one motion until you can see the sediment moving into the neck of the bottle. It may be useful to have a light source underneath the neck so you can see clearly.

Does Port keep when opened?

A bottle of Port has the advantage over a regular wine of having a longer open bottle shelf life. Depending on the style it can be kept for 4 to 12 weeks once opened. The full-bodied Founders Reserve Ruby Port may fade after 4 or 5 weeks, while Sandeman’s 10 or 20 Year Old Tawny will be great even after 10 or 12 weeks.

Should you leave ports to breathe?

So does Port need to breathe? The answer is that it depends on the type and vintage of port you are drinking. Vintage ports can require strong aeration (around an hour), especially if they are young wines. These vintage ports can be very tannic, so you will want to get rid of this flavor before you start drinking.

When should port be drunk?

Port wine is very versatile and can be paired with many different kinds of food. It is most commonly served at the end of the meal with a selection of fine cheeses, dried fruits and walnuts. It can, however, be served chilled as a delicious aperitif such as Taylor’s Chip Dry and Tonic.

Is port an army drink?

Port wine has always been considered a traditional British drink and one drunk often at Christmas – though for the majority of Brits (especially with the cheese board) it will be the only time they drink a glass. Much of which comes from military traditions and customs a Port is considered the drink in those quarters.

Does port need to breathe?

So, does Port need to breathe? Late bottled and aged tawny port wines do not require aeration since they are matured in oak vats and casks. Being processes in oak vats and casks, they develop into their full flavors, so aerating will not add anything to the taste.

Where does the tradition of passing port wine come from?

Passing the Port. The most widely-known tradition is believed to come from British naval customs for serving Port wine. The decanter of port is placed in front of the host who then serves the guest to his right, who then passes the decanter to the guest on his left (port-side). The port is then passed to the left all the way back to the host.

What to do if port wine does not come back?

If the Port Doesn’t Come Back… If the decanter does not come full circle back to the host, it is impolite to ask for it directly (yes that is the British way, we are not known for being direct). Instead, the host asks the individual closest to the decanter, if he knows the Bishop of Norwich or any other village in England.

How is port wine served in the UK?

The port is then passed to the left all the way back to the host. Wor betide anyone who does not pass the wine this way. If the Port Doesn’t Come Back… If the decanter does not come full circle back to the host, it is impolite to ask for it directly (yes that is the British way, we are not known for being direct).

Where did the tradition of passing the port decanter come from?

One theory is that the custom arose from the need to keep one’s sword arm free in case of trouble. It is sometimes said to have originated in the Royal Navy where the rule was ‘Port to port’, meaning that the decanter (most likely a ship’s decanter) should be passed to the left.

Passing the Port. The most widely-known tradition is believed to come from British naval customs for serving Port wine. The decanter of port is placed in front of the host who then serves the guest to his right, who then passes the decanter to the guest on his left (port-side). The port is then passed to the left all the way back to the host.

If the Port Doesn’t Come Back… If the decanter does not come full circle back to the host, it is impolite to ask for it directly (yes that is the British way, we are not known for being direct). Instead, the host asks the individual closest to the decanter, if he knows the Bishop of Norwich or any other village in England.

The port is then passed to the left all the way back to the host. Wor betide anyone who does not pass the wine this way. If the Port Doesn’t Come Back… If the decanter does not come full circle back to the host, it is impolite to ask for it directly (yes that is the British way, we are not known for being direct).

Why do people pass the port to the left?

Although the tradition is most often observed when serving Vintage Port, it is also often followed with other Port styles. There are many arcane and colourful explanations for the custom of passing the Port to the left. One theory is that the custom arose from the need to keep one’s sword arm free in case of trouble.