I’ve had tawny port, and liked it, but it was from Australia. “Hock” is not a term used in NZ or the 'States, but I take it to mean German riesling, which comes in a range from gaggingly sweet to off-dry.
A wine I just discovered this year is Muller-Thurgau, from a cross of riesling by a Dr. Müller in Thurgau, Switzerland. The vine moved to Oregon in the 'States, where it seems to prosper. Airlie is owned by a woman and the winemaker is also female (and they advertise “dog-friendly” tastings). Didn’t find that out until after I dedicated a bin in my cellar to it. It’s somewhat sweet and very aromatic and spicy.
I fancy Irish single-malt (Tyrconnell, Knappogue Castle) but can only afford an annual bottle. Noticed a new Irish malt for a bargain price, and went for it—
It’s a by-blow of Bushmill’s, made in County Antrim, aged in sherry casks. The bottle’s eye-catching, but an awkward shape: be prepared to spill some at first. The whiskey needs work. It’s thickish but not smooth, with a harsh edge and a bitter aftertaste. Cutting it with water and letting it sit reduces the snarly quality, somewhat. But I shan’t buy it a second time.