Any Port in the Storm
Thanksgiving is our American tradition of celebration, going home to be with family and friends to enjoy great food, and to thank God for all the blessings we have received throughout the year.
With the weather turning chilly in November, a rich, ruby styled port would be a lovely choice to impress your holiday guests. Port wine’s origin can be traced to the beautiful terraced hillsides in the Douro Valley region of Portugal. Here, the aging and blending of most of the world’s supply of port wine takes place.
No one knows precisely when port became available. They say a wine merchant in Liverpool in 1678 sent his sons to Portugal to find a wine source. There he discovered the locals were halting the fermentation of a wine with brandy, while the wine was still sweet and fruity, in order to maintain the residual sugar and to boost the alcohol content.
American ports are primarily bright ruby styles. These are usually known as dessert or celebration wines.
Winemaker, Megan McGrath Gates explains, “Port style wine is very inspiring as it encapsulates deep traditions adopted from the Old World. There is an unbridled freedom here in the young, burgeoning, New World California wine country and we can try old things in a new way, utilizing the non-traditional varietals of merlot and syrah in our Silver King Port.”
A great domestic port from Santa Barbara County, the Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards Silver King is a luscious late harvest port blended with merlot and syrah grapes that are grown in their Los Alamos Vineyard in California. These merlot and syrah grapes are then combined with the Portuguese grapes; Tinta Madeira, Touriga, Tinta Cao, and brandy. The end result is an unforgettable ruby style port that can be served in a 3-6 oz. dessert glass as an after-dinner treat. Enjoy as a cocktail over ice with cigars, Stilton cheese, dark chocolate, walnuts, and poured over vanilla ice cream. Or try sipping the Silver King Port with a slice of Chocolate Pecan Pie after a magnificent Thanksgiving dinner.
The Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards owners will journey to historic Rancho de los Caballeros Resort in Wickenburg, Arizona on Feb. 28, 2019. Both Louis Lucas and Royce Lewellen are meeting a group of over 80 Lucas & Lewellen wine fans to enjoy golf, tennis, fine wine, and dining with all the Sonoran desert has to offer. They are looking forward to dusting off their cowboy boots and joining Head Wrangler Tony Thompson to explore 20,000 acres of wild desert on horseback.
For Sun readers, use coupon code ColleenOnWine to receive 10% off on any regularly priced wine purchase at LLwine.com through the end of the year.
Chocolate Pecan Pie
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon Tahitian vanilla
1⁄4 cup whiskey
1⁄2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup pecan halves
1 unbaked pie shell
In a bowl combine eggs, sugar, butter, syrup, vanilla, and whiskey. Mix well. Add chocolate chips and pecan halves. Mix in. Pour filling in unbaked pie shell.
375°F for 40 minutes.
After decades Director of Operations and Public Relations and Marketing Manager for a prominent southern California winery, Colleen Thompson made the move to her beloved Arizona in 2017. She brings with her a wealth of experience working with winemakers, chefs, wine writers, reporters, and radio and TV personalities. Colleen and her husband Tony Thompson now reside at Rancho de los Caballeros where he is the head wrangler.