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Tag Archives: Port

• 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 […]

Top 10 iconic Port vintages of the last century

Top 10 iconic Port vintages of the last century

Alongside good claret, some of the more reliable Burgundies and Champagne, vintage Port is one of the staples of any self-respecting cellar. Like most fortified wines, its high levels of alcohol, sugar and acidity make it fantastically long-lived and also relatively hardy, a 60 year-old Port is no shrinking violet. Henry Shotton, vintage manager and […]

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• 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 […]

• English embrace Port as sweet alcohol sales surge

Sales of port, the quintessential Christmas tipple, have jumped this year as more consumers embrace sweet wines and want to have as a traditional festive holiday as possible. Retailers said that port’s renaissance was partly because it appeared Britons had developed a sweeter tooth, learning to like both sweet aperitifs as well as pudding wines. […]

• 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 […]

• Top 10 Trends in Wine for 2010

Top 10 Trends in Wine for 2010

Do you want to know what’s hot in the wine world? Here are the top 10 trends: 1. Rosé Wine 2. Grower Champagne 3. Metropolitan Wineries 4. Natural Wines 5. Fruit days, Root Days… 6. More Wine Drinkers in America 7. Screwcaps & Box Wines 8. Lower Alcohol Wine 9. Biodynamics & Eco-Friendly wine 10. […]