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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 […]

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.

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.

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.

Bento Amaral

FTLOP is proud to introduce to our readers Bento Amaral, who is the Director of Technical Services and Certification for the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto (IVDP).

Ten Tawnies at Twenty

Port lover Rune Gustavsen of Norway writes for FTLOP's Guest Corner about the blind tasting of ten bottles of Twenty Year Old Tawny Port his family enjoyed last Christmas.

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Velhissima Verdelho Tasting

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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

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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

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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

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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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Bento Amaral

Bento Amaral
IVDP

Oscar Quevedo

Oscar Quevedo
Export / Marketing

James Suckling

James Suckling
Journalist/Critic

Joao Nicolau de Almeida

Joao Nicolau de Almeida
GM, Ramos-Pinto

George Sandeman

George Sandeman
Sogrape Executive

David Guimaraens

David Guimaraens
TFP Portmaker

Dan Carbon

Dan Carbon
Former Port Marketer

Bartholomew Broadbent

Bartholomew Broadbent
CFO, BSI Imports

Dirk Niepoort

Dirk Niepoort
Proprietor

Richard Mayson

Richard Mayson
Author / Critic