There’s a generational divide between the port drinkers and those who wouldn’t touch the stuff. More often than not, it is assumed that port is reserved only for Christmas and only for your Grandad. But that’s just not the case, as we discovered during a chocolate and port tasting master-class with W&J Graham’s and Rococo Chocolates, in Rococo’s beautifully quaint garden.

As a rare, intense sun began to retire and as the air clung onto the last bit of humidity, we sat, surrounded by shrubbery, sipping and slurping a series of port cocktails coupled with luxury chocolates.

Here are some different ways to drink your port that you really ought to try before dismissing the wine altogether. Because really, you’d only be hurting yourself.

1. A Ruby Port Summer Cup

Port cocktail
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Ingredients: Graham’s Ruby Port, Dunkerton’s Organic Vintage Cider, lemonade, strawberry puree.
Garnish: Cucumber, fresh Mint.

Paired with: Rococo’s new ‘Frobscottle and Snozzcumber’ white chocolate bar. A bar released to coincide with Disney’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’.

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2. Port & Tonic

Ingredients: Graham’s White Port, tonic.
Garnish: Fresh mint.

Paired with: Rococo Basil & Persian Lime Dark Chocolate.

3. Tawny Port Old Fashioned

Ingredients: Graham’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port, orange bitters, cocktail bitters, ice, brown sugar.
Garnish: Candied orange slice.

Paired with: Rococo 63% Peru Dark Chocolate.

4. Port poured over ice cream

Port poured over sorbet
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Paired with: Rococo Rose, lychee and raspberry sorbet.

5. A straight 20 Year Old Tawny Port

Paired with: Rococo Orange Marmalade Chocolate and the Rococo Mandarin and Tonka Bean Caramel.