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Seasonal Ports: 15 of the finest bottles to try this winter

If ever there were a winter season to explore and indulge in the heady satisfactions of the Douro Valley’s fortified delights, then surely it is the end of this year and into 2022.

There is a Port for all seasons if you know where to look.

When the weather turns cold, there is nowhere like the Douro Valley for capturing the warmth of summer. The slatey schistous soils and drought-resistant grape varieties combine to produce wines that can be wonderfully satisfying in their first flush of youth or transform into something gloriously ethereal with age.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 15 top seasonal Ports

Colder months

Deeper, darker fruit-driven styles tend to be the first choice for the winter months.

Ruby, crusted, late bottled vintage (LBV) and vintage Ports have provided centuries of central heating for adults (with apologies to the Ready Brek advert!).

Mayson’s sumptuous selection: 15 seasonal Ports to try

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