Tonight, Cass and I hit Apertivo for a drink. I wanted some port, and Cass chose the chocolate port.
It was wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that we made a deal to meet at Aperitivo for the monthly port faceoff for the rest of 2006.
It goes something like this ... we order two glasses and pick a winner. The winner gets carried forward and a new contender goes head-to-head for the title the next month.
January's champion: Sonoma Valley Portworks' Deco Chocolate Port.
Meanwhile, I think I'll make the Port-Poached Pears with Port Chocolate Sauce. Failing that, I'll manufacture an excuse to make the Port Chocolate Sauce.