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Dec 26, 2012 05:52 AM

Leftover Port Wine

I bought a bottle of ruby port for a port wine-mustard sauce this holiday and it turned out great...but now I have a whole bottle of port wine leftover. We eat very little steak in my house, and most of what I've seen for using port is a sauce for steak or heavy beef roasts. What else can I do with the rest of this bottle? Or does it stay good forever and I can just use it again next year for the holidays?

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  1. Why not enjoy it along with a cheese plate for desert?
    As always, the _best_ use for port wine is to drink it. ;-)

    1. Yes port does last so you can shelve it for next year OR you could share a glass or two and have some fresh baked bisquits, butter and blue cheese, on a chilly December morning.

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      1. re: Chinon00

        I have to disagree that an open bottle of ruby port is good for a year on the shelf. Have you actually enjoyed ruby port a year after the bottle was opened?

          1. re: Chinon00

            I take it this means that after a year, you have not enjoyed drinking ruby port..

            The tried and true rule is that wines that are not good enough to drink are not good enough to cook with.

            Thus, ports cannot be shelved for a year and expected to be still good.

            1. re: FrankJBN

              I don't recall the exact type of port in inventory, probably a tawny port, but while on a trip to Tampa and a visit to Bern's Steakhouse......after dinner we toured the kitchen and walked through the basement cellar. During part of the tour they made a stop to discuss their wine inventory which included Port wines from the Revolutionary Period, or the late 1700's. There were open bottles of Port from this period and they were available for sale by the glass in the restaurant or Dessert room.

              For those who do not know about Bern's...they are renowned for their extensive wine inventory, collection and offerings.

              1. re: FrankJBN

                Fourunder is correct. The port will be fine.

                And Bern's is awesome.

        1. I take it you are not a drinker, otherwise the question of what to do with a bottle of dessert wine wouldn't come up. First, while ruby and tawny ports have a long shelf life once open, a bottle opened in December won't make it 'til Easter let alone next Christmas. Likely useable but it won't be as good as it is now.

          A very popular dessert dish that could use a significant amount of your bottle is pears poached in port wine. Recipes abound.

          1. Cook with it! Make risotto using the port in proportion to the rice used. I make risotto with leftovers like chicken, turkey or some meat of which there is not enough to be a meat course. We have an empty nest so I make risotto with only a cup of arborio rice. A half cup of fortified wine is added to the rice before starting to add chicken stock. The wine at our house is either Marsala or Madeira, but port can be used. Be creative!

            1. I tried to sip some but it's just too sweet for me, therefore I'm looking for cooking uses. I like the risotto idea, and hadn't thought about poaching fruit so that's a great way to use it up. Any other thoughts on cooking with port?

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              1. re: jboeke

                Port Poached Pears is a classic! Port makes a great sauce for veal chops.