When looking back on 2018 we must say that it has been a fantastic year in terms of all lovely port wines we got to taste and all devoted and passionate port producers, importers and port lovers we got to meet.
We are happy to see that there seems to be more port related events than ever and some of the finest we have participated in during this last year is
- The Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark
- The Big Fortified Tasting in London, UK
- The Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark
- The Port Wine Messe in Leverkusen, Germany
During summer we also made a very nice trip to Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia and the Douro valley with our families and got the chance to visit many producers, both well-known but also some smaller producers that are relatively new in the business. All in all a fantastic trip and we hope we can go back soon again.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2019.
Sten, Jörgen and Stefan
Today we celebrated Port Wine Day with a very nice old Tawny port. The bottle was one of very few bottles remaining from the great collection of Henry Cabot Lodge. There is no sign of the producer or age, but when sold at Sotheby’s more than 25 years ago they informed that the wine should originate from the 1870’s.
Sten, one of the authors on vintageport.se have been celebrating September 10th with port wine every year since 1976, the year he fell in love with the wonderful enjoyment port wine brings.
His celebration on this day is due to his birthday, this year celebrated for 75 years. We all hope you will have a nice glass of Vintage Port that day.
Celebration of the Port Wine Day is also celebrated on September 10th on the day when its designation of origin was created, in 1756.
Henrik Oldenburg has written a new book after his outstanding ‘Port wine’. The new one is called ‘Portvin i glasset’ (‘Port wine in the glass’). Both are available only in Danish but easy to read for both Swedes and Norwegians. In the new book he promotes port wine by saying that Port wine can be enjoyed nearly every day and not just at Christmas. The book is a good introduction to Port wine and he tells you almost everything about this wonderful wine; description of the various types of port, best vintages, what kind of glass to use, how to decant and in which decanters and of course his own favorite port wines. It is indeed a wonderful wine, and sitting in an arm chair reading the book while sipping on a glass of port, just enjoying life, is also wonderful.
The new book will only cost 70 Danish Krone, and it will be available when the Port Wine Festival is taking place on November 6 in Copenhagen. See you all there!
Another year has passed by and we have tasted a lot of fantastic Vintage Ports during this last year. We now have tasting notes for more than 1,500 different Vintage Ports.
We also reached the milestone of 150,000 visitors to our web site since we started it five years ago. Thank you all for visiting our site and thank you all for the kind words we here from you.
Among the all the tastings we had during this last year there are now some new added to our section of Great Tastings. We have had tasting on both Vintage 1988 and Vintage 1958, and we also have a report from the fantastic vertical on Calem, arranged by Axel Probst, that we participated in. So please enjoy reading about these tastings.
We hope that 2017 will bring many more fantastic tastings and events. See you all next year!
The port wine festival in Copenhagen is coming up, and so is the new port wine book from Henrik Oldenburg, the organizer of the festival. The book is the 4th edition of “Portvin” (port wine in danish) and it will be released at the port wine festival on November 7. It is said to be the biggest book in the world about port wine. The book will have 520 pages and include information about more than 100 port producers.
Check out more info on Forlaget Smag webpage.
Saturday, September 10, is the official Port Wine Day. September 10 is also the day the Douro demarcation was declared by the Marquis of Pombal in 1756. See www.portwineday.pt for more info about the day and also find out about events held. Also be sure to have a glass of Port with family and friends to celebrate the day.
A new Port Wine book “Das Douro-Tal” (ISBN: 9783739215143) written by Christopher Pfaff. The book is a nearly 200 pages tourist travel guide about the Douro valley (sorry only in German language) with several colour photos. Of course all major Port Quintas, most of the Quintas who can be visited by tourists and Quintas where an overnight stay for tourists is possible are included. Moreover the guides include information about sightseeing and recommended restaurants and hotels. This is the first German book about this region ever. The price in Germany for the book is 13.99 € and it is also available in international markets like US and UK.
In week 14th it has been announced that Graham will honor Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday with a special Port Wine. The wine is a blend of 40% tawny from 1935, 20% of a tawny from 1824 and 40% of a tawny from 1912 which means an average aged of 90 years, i.e. the same age as the Queen in 2016. The Queen is one of the greatest ambassadors for Port in the world as she always in every official dinner at Windsor Castle and at Buckingham Palace will serve Port with the dessert.
There has been some problem with these bottles as the wines are neither colheita nor tawnies according to the law. Only one of the years has the Port Wines Institute’s registration and that is the 1935 due to the Port Wines Institute’s legalization was not until 1933. Symington, who own Graham, has got a special authorization to offer the wines to the market. The prices will be around 700 pounds+ shipping.
Today, September 10, is the official Port Wine Day. September 10, is also the day the Douro demarcation was declared by the Marquis of Pombal in 1756. See www.portwineday.pt for more info.