When it comes to wineries, I’m happy to mix business with pleasure. A recent stop at Ellensburg Canyon Winery/Cox Canyon Vineyards to drop off their first installment of consignment inventory gave me the opportunity to taste some absolutely wonderful wines. While all the wines had distinct character, I was still a little hesitant when offered the grand finale– a port. I generally don’t much care for them and I hate ending a good wine tasting with a bad taste in my mouth. But the vintner, Gary, told me he’d had someone come through from Portugal- a man who knew his ports- and it had gotten his approval whereas most ports the man had tried in the states had not. I found myself willing to allow for the possibility that the few ports I’d previously tried may have been poor representations of the art form that is port-making; I decided to be brave.
I love this port. It was smooth, complex and delicious. If I had a hot tub, this is just the dessert I would want to drink while relaxing after a long day and preparing for a weekend of decadence.