Make a reservation
BOOK
NIGHTS  
ADULT   
CHILDREN
BOOK
< BACK
Suffolk restaurant

Sherry versus Port

After dinner drinks have been a staple of European tradition for centuries, but what are the key differences between two of our most popular choices? Here is a quick fire guide to our love of sherry and port.
Port

Port is made from grapes in the Douro Valley region in Northern Portugal. First wines known by this name were shipped in second half of the 17th century, but it wasn’t until the 18th century where there was a rapid growth in exports. The end of the Portugese Civil War in the 1830s saw the greatest period of expansion and prosperity as it popularity spread throughout Europe. Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Norway joined the British and French as valuable admirers and customers.

Other than grape variety (over 100 varieties are sanctioned for port production), the key process that differentiates port from sherry is fortification. Ports are fortified midway through the fermenting stage. Generally speaking there are also more types of port than sherry. These include tawny, colheita, ruby, white and vintage, all come with their own type, usually related to aging.

In terms of flavour, port is fuller, richer and sweeter than sherry, with significantly higher alcohol content at around the 19 to 22 percent mark.

Sherry

Sherry is made from white grapes in southern Spain around a triangular network of towns including Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Production from this region of Spain has been reported as far back as 1100BC, but first introduced around the world by Christopher Columbus in the 16th century. It was during this time that sherry first became highly fashionable here in the UK.

Sherry is made from three main grape varieties – Palomino, Muscat and Pedro Ximénez. Again, the key process that differentiates sherry from port is the fact it is fortified after the fermenting stage. Styles of sherry depend on both the region and extend of aging, and include Fino, Manzanilla and Oloroso.

Sherry is dry in texture and taste, with a similar alcohol content to wine at around 11 to 12 percent.


Want to find out more?
Join us for our Sherry & Port Evening Dinner.

EVENTS

Steak Night Event - every Friday night!

23/02/2018
Join us as at The Crown for beautiful steaks, sides..
Read more

Vinyl Night

24/02/2018
This Saturday night at the Crown, DJ Marco Spina, Eurobeat..
Read more

Barry Kingston Jazz Jam Mar 18

08/03/2018
Join us on 8 March 2018 for our next Jazz..
Read more

Mothers Day Event at the Crown

11/03/2018
Treat your mum this Mother's Day with our very special..
Read more

Wine Dinner 15th March 2018

15/03/2018
Join us for our fine wine tasting dinner focusing on..
Read more

Joy Spring Jazz Band Night March 2018

29/03/2018
Join us and Joy Spring for jazz all night on..
Read more

Easter Sunday Lunch

01/04/2018
Treat your family to a delicious lunch out on Easter..
Read more

Barry Kingston Jazz Jam Apr 18

12/04/2018
Join us on 12 April 2018 for our next Jazz..
Read more

Martin Dobson Wedding Couture Exhibition

25/04/2018
Join us for an exhibition of haute couture wedding dresses..
Read more

Kristin Caswell Robinson Jazz Band Night Apr 2018

26/04/2018
Join us and Kristin Caswell-Robinson for jazz all night!
Read more

Barry Kingston Jazz Jam May 18

10/05/2018
Join us on 10 May 2018 for our next Jazz..
Read more

Joy Spring Jazz Band Night May 2018

31/05/2018
Join us and Joy Spring for jazz all night on..
Read more

Barry Kingston Jazz Jam June 18

14/06/2018
Join us on 14 June 2018 for our next Jazz..
Read more

Morphology Jazz Band Night June 2018

28/06/2018
Join us and Morphology for jazz all night! Morphology..
Read more

Barry Kingston Jazz Jam July 18

12/07/2018
Join us on 12 July 2018 for our next Jazz..
Read more

Joy Spring Jazz Band Night July 2018

26/07/2018
Join us and Joy Spring for jazz all night on..
Read more

Barry Kingston Jazz Jam August 18

09/08/2018
Join us on 9 August 2018 for our next Jazz..
Read more

AdHoc Jazz Band Night August 2018

30/08/2018
Join us and the AdHoc Jazz Combo for jazz all..
Read more

Barry Kingston Jazz Jam Sept 18

13/09/2018
Join us on 13 September 2018 for our next Jazz..
Read more

Jazz Band Night with Phoenix Jazz Sept 2018

27/09/2018
Join us and Phoenix Jazz for all night jazz!
Read more

Barry Kingston Jazz Jam October 18

11/10/2018
Join us on 11 October 2018 for our next Jazz..
Read more

Joy Spring Jazz Band Night October 2018

25/10/2018
Join us and Joy Spring for jazz all night! The..
Read more

Barry Kingston Jazz Jam November 2018

08/11/2018
Join us on 8 November 2018 for our next Jazz..
Read more

Joy Spring Jazz Band Night November 2018

29/11/2018
Join us and Joy Spring Jazz for jazz all night..
Read more
Gift Vouchers!
The perfect gift! Treat loved ones, friends or family to a voucher which can be redeemed in our restaurant, bar, rooms or a combination.

Read more