As we end our summer and head towards autumn, I thought we could take a wee look at a product that spans both seasons, white port. It’s a product that’s been around for decades but its still relatively new to most people outside Portugal although it’s starting to gain ground in the UK as an alternative to gin or vodka.
Most white port is sweet and to be honest, it’s a style I can’t stand, but it’s the drier style that’s been catching on in recent years. 
Technically, they are off dry and have a nutty style to them and it’s the nutty finish that just opens up on your palate when it’s served with a tonic and a slice of lemon or lime. 
Think creamy and yet crisp and refreshing at the same time with a hint of coconut on the finish. It doesn’t sound quite as classy as a G&T, but it will certainly highlight your cosmopolitan side to your neighbours.

Graham’s Blend No 5 White Port
One of the most popular brands on the market and for good reason: it’s aromatic, crisp, clean, nutty and very classy in style.
Waitrose £27.99

Niepoort Dry White Port
This really is a cracker for the price but then, I admit I am a bit of a groupie for anything Niepoort. Fresh and fruity with hints of hazelnuts on the finish. Serve this drink chilled, with a tonic of your choice. £17