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Mar 5, 2009 10:14 AM

Port or Madeira?

Thanks to all for your posts/reports on eats in NO. I've had a great time reviewing the various threads to put together a list of places to hit during my 48 hours there this weekend. One question: Is there a good shop that has a nice selection of port and/or madeira? We'll be staying in in the Quarter and won't have a car but we are not adverse to using public transport. Thanks!

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  1. W.I.N.O. on tchoupitoulas is good.

    and Tommy's wine bar has a pretty good selection. Emeril's has a great wine list.

    1. Sorry that I was out of town and missed your post. The one spot that impressed me on the Port Madeira front was the cigar bar at the Ritz-Carlton. It's a private club, but offers several "membership" levels. I'm not keen on this, especially if a guest at the hotel, but their list is very, very good. We did about three nights of Port and Madeira (plus PX) tastings. Not up to what I get in London, but still quite good. They actually had some good stuff, that I did not have in my cellar, and that's pretty danged difficult.

      Hope you found a good spot and enjoyed,


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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        Thanks for the tip on the R-C, Bill. My friend who is the port/madeira fanatic loved the idea but it didn't really fit into our plans. Next time he said.

        We ended up getting a bottle at Vieux Carre Wine and Spirits since we had been right next door at K-Paul for dinner on Friday night. Madeira for my friend, Grey Goose for his brother, and Patron for me.

        1. re: hopkid

          I've bought a few bottles from VCW&S. They have an ecclectic selection, and many that we do not normally see in AZ. Neither Port, nor Madeira, are overly popular in either NOLA, or AZ. I purchased most of mine, while in CO. I think that the warmer temps might have a little something to do with it, but it could be other aspects of tastes.

          Sounds like you'all made out OK, so the point is moot. It's also nice to know that VCW&S still has some good ones around. I see limited selections on dessert menus, but not really killer lists. Most of those only come, when I'm in London, but with the exchange rate, and the prices in London, I always think about the ones in my cellar!