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18 of the best ports for Christmas 2021

Good Housekeeping UK Logo By Callum Black, Products tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute, Stacey Smith of Good Housekeeping UK | Slide 1 of 19: Whether you prefer white, ruby, tawny or vintage, there's a port to suit every taste and budget. The Good Housekeeping Institute tested 19 bottles, from all the leading supermarkets and big-name brands, to see which ones are worth stocking up on this Christmas and beyond. And happily, the winning bottle will only set you back £10! Best port 2021Best port: Sainsburys Taste the Difference Special Reserve Port Joint runner-up port: Graham's 30 Year Old Tawny PortJoint runner-up port: Aldi 40 Year Old Tawny PortBest gift: Taylor's 10 Year Old Tawny Port Best white port: Baronesa De Vilar White Port Best 20-year-old port: Sandeman 20 Year Old Tawny PortMost versatile tawny port: Ramos Pinto 20-Year-Old Tawny Port Best LBV port: Harvey Nichols Late Bottled Vintage PortBest supermarket LBV port: Tesco Finest Late Bottled Vintage Port Best for sweeter palates: Churchill’s 20 Year Old Tawny PortBest supermarket special reserve ruby port: M&S Special Reserve Port DecanterBest with food: Adnams Finest Reserve PortBest supermarket ruby port: ASDA Ruby PortBest budget port: Lidl Armilar Ruby Port Best crowd-pleaser: Fonseca Bin 27Best with sticky toffee pudding: Co-op 10 year old Tawny PortBest for cooking: Waitrose Blueprint Tawny Port Best pink port: Croft Pink PortDifferent types of port — explainedWhite portBest served cold, white port is delicious and refreshing with a splash of tonic, just as you’d serve your G&T. Often served as an aperitif, we’d recommend serving with salted almonds on the side.Rosé portJust like rosé wine, here you can expect to find notes of strawberries and raspberries, alongside a caramel sweetness. Cheese, chocolate, fruity puddings and sorbet are all excellent pairings — serve ice cold for maximum enjoyment. Tawny portThe name tawny refers to the colour the wine turns after wood ageing. To have this label they must be at least two years old, but you’ll also find much older examples, such as Aldi’s 40-year-old (below). The age statement means the liquid is a blend of vintages with an average barrel aging. Flavours here tend to be nuttier, and can include caramel, cinnamon and chocolate. Ruby portThese tend to be inexpensive, deep ruby-coloured and often associated with the Christmas cheese board. Within this you’ll find your slightly more premium reserve ports, late bottled vintage port (otherwise known as LBV, these are aged for longer but still designed to be drunk young) and vintage ports. How we testTo find the best port, the Good Housekeeping Institute’s panel of 10 WSET-trained experts and consumers tried 19 bottles — from white to ruby — from the leading supermarkets and big brands. Each was tasted blind to prevent brand bias. They were looking for easy-drinking styles that would work well with all the Christmas classics and beyond. These are the top-rated ports, from just £6.49 a bottle.

Whether you prefer white, ruby, tawny or vintage, there's a port to suit every taste and budget. The Good Housekeeping Institute tested 19 bottles, from all the leading supermarkets and big-name brands, to see which ones are worth stocking up on this Christmas and beyond. And happily, the winning bottle will only set you back £10!

Best port 2021

Different types of port — explained

White port

Best served cold, white port is delicious and refreshing with a splash of tonic, just as you’d serve your G&T. Often served as an aperitif, we’d recommend serving with salted almonds on the side.

Rosé port

Just like rosé wine, here you can expect to find notes of strawberries and raspberries, alongside a caramel sweetness. Cheese, chocolate, fruity puddings and sorbet are all excellent pairings — serve ice cold for maximum enjoyment.

Tawny port

The name tawny refers to the colour the wine turns after wood ageing. To have this label they must be at least two years old, but you’ll also find much older examples, such as Aldi’s 40-year-old (below). The age statement means the liquid is a blend of vintages with an average barrel aging. Flavours here tend to be nuttier, and can include caramel, cinnamon and chocolate.

Ruby port

These tend to be inexpensive, deep ruby-coloured and often associated with the Christmas cheese board. Within this you’ll find your slightly more premium reserve ports, late bottled vintage port (otherwise known as LBV, these are aged for longer but still designed to be drunk young) and vintage ports.

How we test

To find the best port, the Good Housekeeping Institute’s panel of 10 WSET-trained experts and consumers tried 19 bottles — from white to ruby — from the leading supermarkets and big brands. Each was tasted blind to prevent brand bias. They were looking for easy-drinking styles that would work well with all the Christmas classics and beyond.

These are the top-rated ports, from just £6.49 a bottle.

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