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The annual Port wine festival in Copenhagen announced

Forlaget Smag has announced the annual Port Wine Festival at Børsen in Copenhagen on November 4 this autumn. As usual the event will give Port lovers a chance to taste a lot of port wine available on the Danish market. This is also an opportunity to meet with wine makers and representatives from many of the port houses.

This year we hope to taste a lot of 2011 Vintage Port. Many producers report that this is one of the best Vintages in recent years and it is the first general declaration after the 2007 vintage. All top houses have declared.

Tickets are available at http://forlaget-smag.dk/
This is a list of declared 2011 Vintage Ports that we currently know about. If you know of any more, please let us know.

Alves de Sousa
J.H. Andresen
C. da Silva

  • Dalva
  • Presidential

Duoro Boys

  • Niepoort
  • Bioma

Quinta Casa Amarela
Q. do Crastro
Quinta do Noval:

  • Q. do Noval
  • Q. do Noval Nacional

Q. do Passadouro
Q. da Prelada
Q. da Romaneira
Q. de la Rosa
Q. Seara d’Ordens
Q. da Senhora do Convento
Q. do Tedo
Q. do Vale Dona Maria
Q. Valle Longo
Q. do Vale Meao
Q. do Vallado
Ramos Pinto
Real Comp. Velha:

  • Delaforce
  • Quinta das Carvalhas
  • Real Velha
  • Royal Oporto


  • Rozes
  • Q. do Grifo
  • Q. do Pego


  • Barros
  • Burmester
  • Calem
  • Quinta do Sagrado
  • Kopke


  • Ferreira
  • Offley
  • Sandeman


  • Graham
  • Graham’s The Stone Terrace
  • Dow
  • Warre
  • Cockburn
  • Quinta do Vesuvio
  • Capela da Q. do Vesuvio
  • Smith Woodhouse
  • Special Blend for The Wine Society
  • Quinta de Roriz

Tanners (BOB, UK)

  • Croft
  • Fonseca
  • Skeffington
  • Taylor
  • Vargellas Vinha Velha

Viera de Souza
Vinho Comp. De Vinhos:

  • Quinta Dona Matilde
  • Maynard
  • Barao de Vilar

Vista Allegre
Wiese & Krohn:

  • Krohn
  • Q. do Retiro Novo

Visit in Champagne

As you all must know we do love drinking Vintage Port, but now and then we are of course also drinking many other interesting and wonderful wines. We are often visiting other wine regions, and so we did this summer too; and this summer we visited Loire and Champagne. Why can’t the great Champagnes Houses take care of champagne lover as for example the great Port Houses do? When you are visiting most of the great Champagne Houses you have to visit their cellars (or even a Tower – God help us) to have a glass of their standard Brut, which we of course had enjoyed many times before. If you have seen 50 cellars the 51st is not very exciting – just dull. This year we decided that it was the last year we visit the great Champagne houses where we have to go through their cellars to have a glass of their standard Brut to taste.

This is in contrast to most of the great Port Wine Houses. They have tasting rooms and you can visit their cellars if you want to, but it is always possible to just buy a glass of their vintage Port or an old Colheita and have an interesting conversation with the person serving it. They take care of Port Lovers indeed when we are coming.

If you are going to Champagne, visit the small Houses, like Michel Gonet in Avize where we had a marvelous morning discussing both Grave red wines and vintage champagne with Michel Gonet himself. Go to Launois in Le Mesnil sur Oger drinking their ordinary or vintage champagne or go to Jean Milan in Oger. All are wonderful small houses taking care of persons loving Champagne. If you are in Eperney there are wonderful tastings at Bergére, Collard-Picard and Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, all on Avenue de Champagne, and all offered different lovely champagnes without having to take a cellar tour.