The Ink Grade Port is a splendid union of eight traditional Portuguese varieties rarely combined in this country. These hardy grapes thrive on our sun-baked Napa Valley hillside and offer up a lavish purple hue in the glass. Our winemaker has created a harmonious blend of vintages from 1999 through 2003 that is packed with lush fruit and highlighted with notes of ripe plum and dried cherry. This wine is rich and full-bodied, yet smooth and not too sweet on the palate. Sip it solo or pair it with your favorite blue cheese --- definitely a dessert to be lingered over.
The first European settlers to consider growing grapevines in the United States must have been delighted when they discovered the now famous wine regions within California, Oregon and elsewhere. Not even in the Old World are there such fertile valleys, made ideal for vine cultivation by the blazing sunshine, long, hot summers and oceanic breezes. As such, it comes as little surprise that today more than eighty-nine percent of United States wines are grown in the valleys and on the mountainsides of California, where arguably some of the finest produce in the world is found. However, American wine does not begin and end with California, and due to the vast size of the country and the incredible range of terrains and climates found within the United States, there is probably no other country on earth which produces such a massive diversity of wines. From ice wines in the northern states, to sparkling wines, aromatized wines, fortified wines, reds, whites, rosÃ©s and more, the United States has endless surprises in store for lovers of New World wines.