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Greetings, VinoVossers, and welcome to the cozy and colorful world of fall, where the leaves change, temperatures drop, and the air carries that unmistakable crispness. As the seasons shift, so do our tastes and preferences when it comes to enjoying a good drink. While summer is all about refreshing spritzes and chilled wines, fall invites us to savor something richer, warmer, and altogether more comforting. It is the season where port wine should be making an entrance onto your bar cart.

What Is Port Wine?

Port wine is a type of Portuguese fortified wine to which a spirit has been added during the fermentation process. This addition of the spirit increases the alcohol content and often results in a sweeter or richer flavor profile that personifies the fall vibe. You can read more about port wine on Vinovoss.

Let a bottle of Port wine transform your bar cart this fall

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3 Port Wine Cocktails To Try This Fall

White Port and Tonic


2 oz (60 ml) White Port

4 oz (120 ml) Tonic Water

Ice cubes

Lemon or lime wedge for garnish


  • Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 2 oz (60 ml) of White Port over the ice.
  • Top it up with 4 oz (120 ml) of tonic water.
  • Gently stir to combine.
  • Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.

Who wouldn’t want a white port and tonic this fall?

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Port Negroni


1 oz (30 ml) Ruby Port

1 oz (30 ml) Gin

1 oz (30 ml) Campari

Orange twist or slice for garnish


  • Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  • Add 1 oz (30 ml) Ruby Port, 1 oz (30 ml) Gin, and 1 oz (30 ml) Campari.
  • Stir well to chill and dilute the mixture.
  • Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with an orange twist or slice.

The classic negroni makes an effortless Fall shift with a little Ruby Port

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Port Old Fashioned


2 oz (60 ml) Tawny Port

1 Sugar Cube (or 1/2 oz (15 ml) simple syrup)

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Orange peel for garnish

Large ice cube (optional)


  • Place a sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass.
  • Add 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters.
  • Muddle the sugar cube with a few drops of water to dissolve it, or use 1/2 oz of simple syrup for easier mixing.
  • If desired, add a large ice cube to the glass.
  • Pour 2 oz (60 ml) of Tawny Port over the sugar and ice.
  • Stir gently to combine.
  • Express the oils from an orange peel over the drink and garnish with the peel.

Tawny Port rejuvenates the Old Fashioned with a modern character

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Port wine is the ultimate addition to your bar cart because it effortlessly adds a fall twist to all your classic favorites. With just the pop of a cork, you can become an innovative host who impresses your guests. Happy Drinking!

by Matthew Cocks

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