Friday, November 30, 2012



By Doc Lawrence

“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that.”
                               C.S. Lewis

ATLANTA-- At formal dinners in England, the British Army, RAF and Royal Navy use Port as the wine to toast the Queen. While the Queen will not be in Atlanta during this holiday season, Port as regal as the monarchy itsef is being served during December at the heralded Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.

Not just any Port, mind you, but one of the rarest of them all, a century-old treasure: J.W. Burmester, Port, "Rio Torte", Late Bottle Vintage, Douro, Portugal, 1900. This special offering presents an experience at a very special time of the year for couples to toast the holidays together. And who’s to say others should not enjoy a glass of Port that has few equals here or anywhere?

Linda Torres-Alarcon

Linda Torres-Alarcon, the highly respected Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Sommelier, sings the praises of this Port: “With this much age on it, the flavor profile is leaning more towards a dry sherry with lots of complex nutty dried fruit characteristics.” How perfect for a season to remember. Port as a prelude to a lasting relationship? Aim high and all good things are possible..

The cost is $90 per glass and it is offered exclusively during the holiday season in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge, a luxuriously cozy and romantic room that will recall that last vacation in London.

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