There are scant few new Port related websites to report on these days, especially where one can find a totally fresh vantage point. Creating a “better mousetrap” when it comes to Port websites is as rare as an original plot line in a Hollywood film, although old ones may be disguised to appear as such.

Derek Turnbull, a serious Port aficionado based in the UK, has painstakingly developed something completely different. I dare say, this is one of the most exceptional new Port related sites I have seen in recent years, providing Port lovers with something distinct and particularly useful. Derek already plans to develop this further and generously chose not to hold up its release while new capabilities are added, allowing you to access his site as of today, when it goes live.

In a nutshell, Derek has catalogued more than three hundred books on Port as well as wine books with important chapters dedicated specifically to Port and the Douro region. These volumes are all from Derek’s extensive personal library dating back to the 1700’s. He has added brief commentary on each and every tome; a daunting task. Here are the website’s current available features:

  • Use the drop-down list on the Shelf selector to see the different categories of books.
  • Click on the More Details button to see Derek’s concise description of each book.
  • Click on the title of a book to be taken to the relevant page.