A very off-the-wall alternative to port, Rubis is a chocolate-flavoured Spanish fortified wine made from the Tempranillo grape (more usually seen in Rioja) and infused with a luxurious chocolate essence. Chocolate AND red wine?! The ladies are going to love this.
A bottle of Triple Crown Ruby Port from Croft, a company who can trace their roots back to 1588. A blend of young ports with an average age of 3 years, this is full bodied, fruity and made to be drunk young.
The entry level port in Cockburn's range, this is produced using grapes grown at both Cockburn's own vineyard and neighbouring properties in the Upper Douro. Enjoying a longer ageing in oak than most other ports at this quality level, this is vibrantly fruity and can be enjoyed on its own as a digestif or with fine cheeses.
A young, fresh and fruity ruby port from Ramos Pinto. Uncomplicated class from a terrific producer. Aged for 3 years in large wooden vats, this blend of Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca is best enjoyed at room temperature with red fruit desserts.
A bottle of Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port from the excellent 2007 vintage. Displaying the house style of concentrated fruit with added spiciness, but intended to be approachable at a younger age than it's vintage counterpart.
A textbook tawny port from top producer Cockburn's. At a handy half-bottle size this is perfect for a post-Christmas-pud tipple when the cheeseboard comes out. A great balance of dark fruity flavours and velvety oak tannins.
Most people think of sweet red wine when Port is mentioned, but here's a dry white one from Taylor's. White port is rare, and good white port even more so, making this rather toothsome effort from one of the finest houses all the more welcome.
There's something special about Fonseca's Terra Prima Reserve port - it's made with organically grown grapes. Enhance your green credentials at the Christmas table with this medium-weight, sweetly silky after-dinner tipple.
A tawny port from Ramos Pinto, blended from various casks to produce a rich port wine. With an average age of 10 years (not a minimum age) this is blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Franca.
The 2002 vintage of Croft's excellent single Quinta (estate) port, Quinta da Roeda. Single quinta ports are intended to be earlier drinking than their main vintage counterparts and begin to drink well from 10 years after vintage, although as with all vintage ports, there's no rush!