Times have really changed in the wine industry and because of that Port has fallen off in the United States with very few consumers enjoying this traditional wine. In the 1950s dessert wines including Port made up more than two thirds of the wine sales in the country, but now that figure has plummeted to less than four percent. Of those sales only a quarter of these are actual Portuguese Port and the rest are other versions made in New York and California.
Really this is a shame since Port embodies a great traditional wine that has been produced in Portugal for centuries. This fortified red wine is typically very sweet and therefore is compared to other dessert wines. But there is more than just a sweet taste to this wine making it a excellent choice for many occasions.
Due to the fact that the demand for Port is so low this wine is often a very good value in the shops around the country. More wine enthusiasts should take their Port Wine Glasses off the shelves and rediscover this amazing red wine.