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Port Authority

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Port Authority
Written by Lia Grabowski | Photos by Julie Soefer
Sweater weather.

While port and madeira may bring to mind cloying dessert pairings, these fortified wines of days past are finding their way into modern cocktails. By definition, port is a product of Portugal, made from grapes grown in the Douro Valley and bolstered with brandy during fermentation, while Madeira—a darling of the colonial South making a comeback in popularity—originates from Madeira, a Portuguese island off the coast of Africa. Beverage Director Morgan Weber of Agricole Hospitality, parent company of Eight Row Flint, a Houston ice house with an intense focus on craft spirits, combines Madeira with bourbon, apple, and vanilla for a comforting classic perfect for sipping in front of a fire. Alternately, Julie Rogers, bar manager of Agricole’s Italian-American joint, Coltivare, pairs tawny port with bright herbs and tangy berry notes to perk up the winter months.

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