When I think of port, I would think of old dockworkers standing around a barrel only lit by the light of a candle that's sticking out of an old chianti bottle. To me port was an old man's sipping drink.
Port is a fortified wine originating from northern Portugal. Fortified wine is wine that has additional alcohol added to it. (regular table wine has an alcohol content from 12 -14%). Port is made my adding grape brandy to the wine as it is fermenting.
But while looking for wine accessories in after Christmas sales, I found these interesting glasses for port. (Click Wine Enthusiast for more info). Considering it is something that should be sipped, this give the usual plastic straw a creative twist.
Fortified wine makes me think of winos and cheap booze. It doesn't bring to mind port or vermouth. Yes, vermouth. While learning about wine, I discovered that vermouth is just fortified wine and not a liquor like I thought it was. It's flavored with aromatic herbs and spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, marjoram and chamomile.