Sam Platt wrote:Jon,
I raised the same question to a French co-worker on one occasion. He said that the French do not generally favor the Burgundy style outside of the region. You don't find much Port on non-tourist restaurant wine lists in Portugal either. I was told that most Portuguese hate the stuff. Go figure.
Rashaan wrote:What did he mean by 'the Burgundy style'?
Tom Troiano wrote:I was always told that Port was made for the British. Its not "designed" for the locals. Maybe this is urban legend but I was always told that during one of their wars with France the British boycotted French wine and started getting their wine from Iberia. Unfortunately, much of it showed up in the port of London spoiled by the excessive heat in the bottom of the ship. The Portugese began adding Brandy to increase the alcohol and reduce the chance of the wine arriving spoiled. So, its definitely not a Portugese drink.
Sam Platt wrote:venture into a local restaurant and you will find ten varieties of Bacalhau with no Port in sight!
Sam Platt wrote:Rashaan,
While I did not press the point with him I took his comment to mean that the French do not generally prefer the more subtle earthy, minerally nature of many Burgundies over the more bold French wines.
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