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Fortified Wines Continue to Face an Uphill Ride in America

Fortified wines have faced a roller coaster ride in the U.S. on-premise market in the recent past and wine sales from this segment of dessert wine remains challenging today. The three greatest obstacles for sale of fortified wines are:

Possibly the most difficult hurdle of all for fortified wine; it becomes an even tougher sell after [...]

By |August 18th, 2015|Roys Blog|0 Comments

Mr. Tawny Visits Paradise: A visit to Quinta do Mourão

It was a brilliant, sunny day when we arrived at Quinta do Mourão, just down the river and around the bend from Peso da Régua in the heart of the Douro’s Baixo Corgo. The panorama above was taken facing Northwest-ish from the main house with the Aquapura Douro Hotel on the far left and westernmost [...]

By |March 30th, 2015|Guest Corner Articles, Harvest Tour, Port|2 Comments

A “Not-To-Be-Taken-Too-Seriously” Port primer

The dirty dozen, a list of items to enhance the knowledge of those looking for something to read while consuming their Port wine. The "facts" included here are quick quips that may include a few light-hearted points about Port; but are not-to-be-taken-too-seriously.

1. Simply put, Port is fermented then fortified grape juice, which always tastes better when this [...]

By |November 25th, 2014|Roys Blog|2 Comments

Three Good Reasons to Drink Reserve Ruby Port

Roy Hersh outlines three good reasons for enjoying Reserve Ruby Port, regardless of your level of wine knowledge or discretionary income.
By |August 25th, 2014|Port Basics|5 Comments

Quinta da Boavista

Quinta da Boavista does indeed have a spectacular view and now, more than ever, it has fantastic prospects for the future under the ownership of Lima Smith.
By |August 12th, 2014|Travel Tales, Viticulture|5 Comments

Cais de Fado

The event Cais de Fado celebrated the uniquely Portuguese Fado music with free performances by both established and newer artists, including the legendary Mariza.
By |July 27th, 2014|Travel Tales|0 Comments
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Velhissima Verdelho Tasting

November 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Roy's account of possibly the finest and oldest lineup of Verdelho ever assembled: eighteen historic bottles spanning vintages from 1890 back to 1748, with his meticulous tasting notes. In addition, Mannie Berk contributed "Reexamining Verdelho" and notes on the provenance of each wine, and Richard Mayson has written about "The Verdelho Grape" and "The Distribution of Madeira's Vineyards Today."
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LBV: The Other Vintage Port

May 10th, 2011|0 Comments

Late Bottled Vintage Port is a style of Port that balances the prestige and flavour profile of Vintage Port with a much more accessible price point, making it very appealing to consumers and wine service professionals. Roy teaches you all about LBV and provides plenty of tasting notes to guide you.
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The Tenets of Tawny Port

March 1st, 2010|0 Comments

Learn the fundamentals of Tawny Port from expert Roy Hersh: what is it (in all its varieties), what are its attractions to the consumer and to wine service professionals, how to serve it, and of course as always, Roy offers tasting notes to bear out his points.
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Roy’s Top 12 Vintage Ports

July 22nd, 2007|1 Comment

Roy is constantly asked for recommendations on buying Vintage Ports. Here, he discusses what the consumer should think about in buying Vintage Port and picks 12 personal favourites based on a combination of quality, affordability and availability.

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