Ottawa, ON

November 2017

Matt’s review:
Port, the storied fortified wine from Portugal, is loved by many around the world for its rich and refreshing characteristics that are simply perfect when enjoyed after a fine meal in the company of great friends. Like wine, Port comes in many different styles, each with unique characteristics that make them best suited for specific purposes whether that be with main dishes, desserts, or simply enjoying by the fire.
Following a very successful Volume II release last year, Maynard’s has released their Port Wine Encyclopedia Volume III in time for the holiday season, so you better make some room on that book shelf for one more ‘must read’  ‘best seller’!
Volume III includes a flight of six different Ports, including a White Port, Ruby Port, Tawny Port, Reserve Tawny Port, a 40 Year Tawny Port, and a 2006 Colheita Port – practically every style you can dream of, and all beautifully presented in a hard cover encyclopedia shell that would totally go undiscovered in anyone’s library, or shelf at work…
Rare is it to have six different styles of any beverage to sample in one package, but Maynard’s delivers style and function with this educational and entertaining flight of Ports that is by the way totally delicious as you sample your way through six tasty styles of Ports, from White Port to 40 year old Tawny Port. Complete with encyclopedia-like information on each of the styles, this is a tutored-tasting in a box. Impress your friends, family, or colleagues with your knowledge and lead them on a tasting and sensory journey with this Port Encyclopedia.
Especially unique are the Ports that bookend this flight, from a somewhat rarely seen (in the Canadian market) White Port to the very expensive 40 year old Tawny Port (that’s right, the juice in that bottle is on average 40 years old making is so incredibly nutty, smooth, and complex). The flight of six Ports are packaged in individual glass 60ml bottles that enable a few tasters to sample each, or one lucky taster to taste them several times over a period of time as these Port
If you’re looking for a great holiday gift for that special wine/Port lover in your life, this may be the best gift you could get, especially for the value price and the rich experience that comes with it. Highly recommended. Tasted November 2017. 95 points. Matt Steeves –