Wine Finds: Adam Puchta Chocolate Port | Food and cooking

By Gail Appleson • Post-Dispatch Special

What is the best wine to accompany chocolate? Although there are many opinions, some would vote for the sweet, fortified wine known as Port, which must come from a specific region of the Douro Valley in Portugal, or port-style wines from other parts of the world. Fortified with brandy, these sweet, rich, alcohol-rich wines are classic accompaniments to desserts and full-bodied cheeses.

There are a number of Missouri wineries that produce port-style wines, including Hermann-based Adam Puchta Winery. This historic winery was founded in 1855 and is the oldest family-run winery in the United States. The Puchta winery produces two styles of Port wines. One is its Anniversary Port, which aged for six years in French and American oak barrels. You can buy this port through the cellar.

The other wine is its popular signature port, which can be found at select St. Louis retailers. This is made in the youthful and fruity ruby ​​style of ready-to-drink port. This port has not aged and is best enjoyed chilled, between 55 and 65 degrees. It will keep for several weeks after opening if kept in the refrigerator. The following is a description.

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Adam Puchta Winery Signature Port, Missouri

Bought • Total Wine & More, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in February for $22.99

The description • Signature Port is made from 100% Norton grapes and, like dry-style wines made from this variety, is particularly dark in color. In this case, it’s a deep midnight purple. This is a bold and intensely sweet port with a rich mouthfeel. It has a distinctive taste of juicy blackberries with just a hint of acidity and earthiness. In addition to chocolate, it would go well with berry pies and cobblers as well as Stilton and other types of blue cheese.

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