Andy Velebil wrote:James,
Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to spent some time answering our questions...so here's a couple easy ones to start .
1- The question everyone talks and wonders about, are you planning on doing a follow-up book or a new book about Port in the future?
2- Hopefully I haven't missed it if you have, but are you planning on doing one of your video series with Producers in the Douro?
michaelgor wrote:Hi Mr Suckling..
I have often heard comments about a Port being “masculine”, or, for example, Fonseca, being described as “feminine”..
any thoughts on this please, and perhaps some examples of either..
Moses Botbol wrote:I am sorry for not providing examples, but it seems that you (or wine critics in general) have had short windows for vintage port maturity, yet have had plenty of port much older than that window that's still going strong. You state that 1994 Fonseca is best after 2012 (on WS.com). Isn’t that kind of early to consider drinking this vintage?
Why even put port put port into a drinking window when most vintages have no problem going 50+ years?
Paul Fountain wrote:James,
It's fantastic to have you on board for the week, and I I'm really looking forward to getting your perspective.
At a time when we are seeing the wine industry worldwide changing more quickly than ever before, how difficult will it be for port producers to maintain their quality and traditions in the face of technology and commercialization?
We’ve seen some significant changes in the industry in the past 25 years, with the consolidation of shippers, the relaxation of requirements to keep a lodge at Vila Nova de Gaia, the entrance into the market of new producers, technological advances in winemaking processes amongst others. Have all these changes been for the good or are there any you see as being detrimental to the port trade?
Are there any changes that you feel are needed within the industry in Portugal and specifically the Duro to see to its ongoing viability?
Will the increasing prominence of Duro table wine have a positive or negative impact on the port trade?
Glenn E. wrote:Now that the 2009 Vintage Ports have been declared (with potentially more to come), could you give us a sneak peak at the Vintage? How do you think 2009 will compare to 2007, 2003, and/or 2000?
goncalo devesas wrote:Hello James,
It is great to have you on the FTLOP "GUEST CORNER" !
What is your apreciation about the old White Ports that keep comming to the market ?
2009 Vintage Port is considered the fourth great Vintage year from the last decade, do you think that the restriction of the Port wine production and the raise of the Port sales with the 2007 VP will overrate the price in a non traditional decade (maximum of three great Vintages per decade) ?
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