My local Lake City Fred Meyers was like a treasure trove for me yesterday. I was delighted to find some affordable end of the season Roquefort cheese! Immediately I thought Port and started my search for an affordable and tasty port to enjoy. I was surprised and delighted to find Whidbey Port, a Washington State  Port wine for about $12. I didn’t think I would find a Washington Port, especially in neighborhood grocery store. In the far deep recesses of my aged mind, I knew that Whidbey Winery did a port but with all the changes at the winery over the years it has slipped my mind.

This Whidbey Port was a gorgeous, deep, ripe blackberry color.  The aroma was lush blackberry with a touch of vanilla on the nose. The port had legs and a rich mouth feel but it was not cloyingly sweet. The flavor was fruity, yet complex.  It starts big with blackberry, bing cherry and chocolate and evolves into plum,vanilla, a touch of toast and finishes with silky licorice. It is a vintage port, although it was only 2007, it showed surprising balance, body and complexity.

It was a luscious, paired with the Roquefort cheese. The cheese cut back a bit of the sugar in the port while the port reduced the salty edge of the cheese so its complex flavors could really shine through. It was a lovely salty sweet match that served as a great bridge between dinner and our dessert.

Our dessert was cherry vanilla ice cream, fresh sweet cherries and a small piece of orange chocolate, paired with the port. The cherry vanilla ice cream really brought out the cherry flavor of the ice cream. It was luscious!

Read about the rest of our BBQ that we paired with a Zinfindel from Silver Lake.