Port Barrel Recipes and Information


Dry, Fairly Alcoholic Style:
Three and a half bottles of Tawny Port
One bottle of Fino Sherry (Very Dry)
One bottle of St. Agnes Brandy (375 ml)
Sweeter Less Alcohol Style:
Four bottles of Tawny Port
Half a bottle of Fino Sherry (Very Dry)
One bottle of St Agnes Brandy (175 ml)


  • The blend can be sized up or down depending on taste and the volume of the barrel, which does not have to be full.
  • The blend will take tome to “marry in” and provide a smooth drinking Port. Some evaporation of the contents should be encouraged, as this hastens the “marrying in”.
  • You should also try other blends such as specialised liqueurs, spirits and other suitable liquors.


About Port

Port is a fortified wine produced in the Douro Valley of Northern Portugal. It is a blend of a number of grape varietals that are grown in the region and due to these conditions it has a very distinctive taste that is hard to replicate in other regions.

Food Pairing

Port is normally served as a desert wine after dinner or on a cold winters evening. It also goes with spicy and/or salty snacks, cured meats and flavoured cheeses as well as working with chocolate and other sweet deserts.

Storing Port

Port is best stored in a cool, constant temperature away from direct sunlight

Years on Port Bottle labels

When you see a year on a label e.g. 10 years, it means that the port has been aged in a barrel for at least this many years (10 years in this case) and may be from various vintages.

What is the difference between Vintage Port and Tawny

The main difference is the aging process.  Vintage Port will mature in large wooden vats and then in a bottle, tawny ports will mature in small casks.