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Tag Archives: Port wine

• Artisanal Ice: Heating Up Global Warming. Here’s How…

Artisanal Ice: Heating Up Global Warming. Here’s How…

Okay, hipsters, you got us. Here’s something we didn’t expect to see in your fancy craft cocktails: really expensive environmentally irresponsible artisanal ice. “In hipster meccas from Portland to Williamsburg, bars are serving up their drinks on extra-dense, extra-clear cubes, produced through a laborious process of freezing and carving,” reports Mother Jones. “Cocktail connoisseurs swear the difference […]

• Port will overtake sherry by 2020 says report

Port will overtake sherry by 2020 says report

Port is set to overtake sherry as the leading fortified wine in the UK by 2020, according to a major port shipper. The prediction can be extrapolated from a reading of Neilsen statistics for fortified wines over the last 16 years, Andrew Hawes, managing director of wine importers Mentzendorff says. According to Neilsen, in 1996 […]

• And now, Port cocktails! Remember Port?

And now, Port cocktails! Remember Port?

When I think about port, I think of my earliest, clumsy attempts at seeming — with requisite air quotes — “sophisticated,” or at least “fancy.” Back then, in my 20s, port seemed like the fast track to connoisseurship. “I’ll take a glass of the ’85 Fonseca,” I’d say to a waiter as everyone else was […]

• Can vintage port appeal to a new generation?

Can vintage port appeal to a new generation?

Vintage port is steeped in tradition and mysterious rituals. The exuberant young Portuguese woman in front of me is, er – how best to put this? – shaking her booty vigorously, urging me to join her and her companions in a dancing conga line, the music is loud and the yelps and shouts of the […]

• Port quota sparks violence in Douro

Port quota sparks violence in Douro

Police were forced to intervene and the president of the IDVP was dismissed after demonstrators attacked the Regua offices of the Port Wine Institute last week. Following Wednesday’s attack on the IDVP’s offices, which saw windows smashed, the Portuguese government intervened on Friday by suspending its president, Luciano Vilhena Pereira, hastening his planned departure this […]

• Fury as Portuguese government diverts millions from Douro

Fury as Portuguese government diverts millions from Douro

Funds worth as much as €8 million held by the Port and Douro Wines Institute (IVDP) have been transferred to the Portuguese government, according to Paul Symington, chairman of Symington Family Estates. Speaking to the drinks business, Symington (left) said: “Just over eight weeks ago, as a direct result of the financial crisis, the government […]

• Sandeman Challenges Cocktail Buffs to Create an Original Port Cocktail

Sandeman Challenges Cocktail Buffs to Create an Original Port Cocktail

Sandeman Mix it Up Challenges Cocktail Buffs to Create an Original Port Cocktail for the Chance to Visit Oporto, Portugal and the Historic Sandeman Cellars. Do you enjoy the design of a good cocktail as much as the results in the glass?  Do you spend as much time behind the bar as in front of […]

• Taylor Fladgate brings $3200 a bottle, 150 year old tawny Porto to US

Taylor Fladgate brings $3200 a bottle, 150 year old tawny Porto to US

Taylor Fladgate, a port wine house founded in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, has introduced a 150 year old tawny Porto, Scion, to the US this February. The Porto will be distributed in the US by Kobrand Wines and Spirits, a New York-based distributor of alcoholic beverages. The company said that Porto, Scion is a […]

• Princely Port Is This Season's Tipple

Princely Port Is This Season's Tipple

ALTHOUGH it’s been with us for centuries, port is still a mystery for many, having suffered from a fuddy-duddy image of English gentlemen asking the ladies to withdraw while they discussed affairs of state over port and cigars – and, not least, which way to pass the port! Like sherry, though, Portugal’s peerless fortified wine […]

• Port Makes A Comeback At Cocktail Parties

Port Makes A Comeback At Cocktail Parties

“ASK me about port and I’ll tell you I love it. I have fond memories of the sumptuous flavors of a well-aged vintage port, and, even more so, the delicate, subtle pleasures of a 20-year-old tawny. Alas, these delights reside mostly in the past. I almost never drink port anymore. The urge for a nice […]

• Finding Delicious Port In A Storm

Finding Delicious Port In A Storm

Central heating, the decline of formal dining, insufferably bad hangovers, a market saturated with ripe, jammy, high-alcohol red wines—whatever the reason, we just don’t drink port like we used to. Figures from the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto show that European sales of port wine have been declining since 2000. I like […]

• Portugal's Douro valley: Port vineyard Quinta do Crasto takes on the brands

Portugal's Douro valley: Port vineyard Quinta do Crasto takes on the brands

Major changes are afoot in the tradition-encrusted world of port  –  a name that, unlike sherry, has been fiercely protected against all foreign imitations since 1756. Under recent legislation, local quintas, or vineyards, in the Douro have been allowed to compete with centuries-old British-created brands like Taylor’s and Croft’s. The region has also begun producing […]