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Old 06-18-2009, 05:47 AM   #11
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There's a sweetness to port so a sweet or cream sherry would be your best bet
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:33 AM   #12
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Just wanted to point out that "port" is a unique flavor, and if you wanted the original recipe to taste the same, only port will do. There is no substitute.

I agree with KitchenElf, buy the wine.

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Old 06-18-2009, 05:40 PM   #13
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I have to agree with CasperImproved - either use Port or omit it. There really is no substitute.

And for cheese mixtures, I much prefer Ruby Port to Tawny Port.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:33 AM   #14
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If I couldn't find the port (and believe me, I've lived places where I couldn't buy port, or only could buy real rotgut), I'd use sweet vermouth, sherry, or madiera wine. It wouldn't taste the same, but any of those flavors go well enough with blue cheese and fruit. I'd use one of them before I'd eliminate the booze. Unless your guests are going to be actually comparing your cheese ball to someone elsesm I suspect they'll love it.
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