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Adegga Wine Market Comes to Porto

The Adegga Wine Market came to Porto this weekend, and featured, of course, some extraordinary Port Wines in the Premium Room.

More Weather – Gaia and the Douro

A brief update on weather in Gaia and the Douro the past two months. In a word: unsettled.

Niepoort’s Quinta de Nápoles

A late winter visit to Quinta de Nápoles with Dirk Niepoort to tour the vineyard and winery.

A Weekend of Wine Shows In Porto

This past weekend saw two wine shows in Porto: the headline Essência do Vinho and the breakaway independent producer tasting Simplesmente Vinho.

Weather in the Douro

Weather in the Douro is not just a polite conversational ice-breaker, it is critical and truly fascinating. Cynthia reviews the basics of geography and annual rain patterns, and takes a look at the start of the 2014 viticultural year.

Roy’s Top Dozen Ports Tasted in 2013

In 19 years of tasting and enjoying wine, Roy came across only three wines that merited 100 point scores. Then one night in 2013 he tasted three! Here's his list of the top 12 Ports tasted in 2013 and a bit of the backstory on one of them.
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Featured Articles

  • Velhissima Verdelho Tasting

Velhissima Verdelho Tasting

  • November 22nd, 2013

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."

  • LBV: The Other Vintage Port

LBV: The Other Vintage Port

  • May 10th, 2011

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.

  • The Tenets of Tawny Port

The Tenets of Tawny Port

  • March 1st, 2010

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.

  • Roy’s Top 12 Vintage Ports

Roy’s Top 12 Vintage Ports

  • July 22nd, 2007

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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