What is port wine? Unless you are a sommelier or oenologist, port wine may be unknown to you. Also known as Vinho do Porto, Port wine is a Portuguese fortified wine produced in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. Port wine is a sweet red wine, which is often served as a dessert wine. Port wine also comes in dry, semi-dry and white varieties. Baltimore wine enthusiasts looking for a place for a glass of sweet Iberian port wine should consider dining at The Charleston Restaurant, 13.5% Wine Bar or Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar.
The Charleston Restaurant
1000 Lancaster St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 332-7373
www.charlestonrestaurant.com

The Charleston Restaurant’s Wine Director is ready and willing to help you choose the wine to pair with each course of your meal. Tony Foreman has a cellar with 800 bottles of wine at his disposal. From selecting “rare ‘trophy’ wines” to “mature, classified growth” wines, Foreman is dedicated to choosing wines for his customers based on “hedonistic pleasure, intellectual interest, price/value relationship; seasonal menu changes,” and more. The Charleston Restaurant’s wine cellar includes Sweet Wines & Ports, including Fonseca Bin #27, Heitz Cellars “Ink Grade,” Graham’s Twenty Year Tawny, and Warre’s 1991. Tony Foreman opened The Charleston Restaurant with fellow restaurateur Chef Cindy Wolf. Wolf was a James Beard Finalist in 2006 and 2008.

13.5% Wine Bar
1117 West 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 889-1064
www.135winebar.com

Stop by 13.5% Wine Bar for a delicious meal. But don’t forget to finish off your meal with a Fortified or Port Wine. 135 Wine bar has a wide selection including Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage Port, Ferreira Vintage 2003 Port, Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth, Broadbent 10 Year Malmsey Madeira, Rare Wine Co “Savannah” Verdelho Madeira, and Toro Albana Gran Reserve PX 1985 Sherry. Looking for a dessert wine or a Digestif? 13.5% Wine Bar carries the following dessert wines: Anecoop Flare Sparkling Moscatel, Ca’ Bianca 2012, and Nein Lives “Sweet Red” 2012. The Digestifs’ selection includes Amaro Sibella, Fernet Branca and Chartreuse–Green.

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Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar
17 N. Eutaw St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 873-9427
fornobaltimore.com

Forno is a “place to experience modern Italian cuisine, artisanal wines, craft beer and innovative small-batch cocktails. Fancy a bite to eat? Formo’s seasonal menus will be sure to please. Choose from “house-made pasta, braised meats and roasted fish to brick oven pizzas and open flame charred vegetables.” The kitchen team at Forno “carefully sources sustainable, invasive and local ingredients, working with whole animals wherever possible.” Start your meal with a sumptuous appetizer, like a Charcuteri plate, artisanal cheese plate or Berkshire pork meatballs. Follow the appetizer with a handmade pasta dish of braised lamb ravioli, pasta Di Mare, or Saffron Orciette. After a filling and delicious meal, don’t forget to save room for dessert! Dessert choices range from Pair your dessert with a sweet or dessert wine, such as Dow’s Late Bottle Vintage Port or Cockburn’s 10-Year Tawny Port.

The Wine Source
3601 Elm St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 467-7777
www.thewinesource.com

Planning a party? Your “one-stop shop for all your beverage, cheese and specialty food needs” is The Wine Source. Located off The Avenue in Hampden, The Wine Source is perfect for stopping by to browse the wine selections, The Wine Source strives to offer a “shopping experience” that is “stress-free, successful and enjoyable.” Don’t forget about the frequent in-store tastings. Regular tasting sessions feature whiskey tasting, sparkling wine tasting, Wigle Distillery tasting, pumpkin beer tasting, and Casa Ferreirinha wine tasting. Casa Ferreirinha Wine is a port wine from Portugal.

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Jill Berry @MusingsfromMe is a writer who stays at home or a SAHM who writesit depends on the day and her mood. While playing a writer on the internet, Jill has the gray hair AND blogposts from raising a kid, a preteen, and a teen. When not blogging at Musings from Me, Jill seizes family time whenever she candinner as a family, movie night, marathon family game sessions, travelingyou name it she wants to do it.