The title of this text is a bold statement, I am aware of that. And, as all bold statements, it will surely raise some eyebrows. Yet, I stand proudly by it. In my view, Barbeito is currently the best Madeira wine producer, and the reason behind the hype around this producer is almost entirely [...]
By Rune Gustavsen When my wife Emmy and I participated in the 2016 FTLOP Port Harvest Tour 2, we visited Quevedo. After having tasted many different Port wines, we all received a surprise during dinner at Quevedo’s quinta near São João da Pesqueira. Oscar Quevedo presented a new bottling of red wine: 2014 Quevedo Grande [...]
FTLOP is proud to introduce you to Ana Almeida. Here is Ana’s story: 1. Please share some information about your life and how you wound up working in the Port and Douro wine trade and at what age? I grew up in the smallest AOC in Portugal, Carcavelos, in Lisbon’s suburbs where fortified wine [...]
A quick aside, Colheita Madeira unlike Colheita Port (the latter of which requires 7 years in wood) but with Madeira, Colheita rules have required a minimum of six years in neutral cask, since the category was created in the early-mid-1990s. In the new regulations passed in 2015, that was changed to where Colheita Madeira now [...]
There is an old Portuguese saying that goes: “Para lá do Marão, mandam os que lá estão”, which can be translated into something like “Beyond the Marão, it is those who live there that are in charge”. This saying reflects a hard truth about the Trás-os-Montes region. Situated beyond the Marão and Alvão mountains, and [...]
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle WA, Oct 25, 2016 Article by Glenn Elliott © December 2016 The Association of Port Wine Companies - AEVP - is a private non-profit organization that was established in January, 1975, with headquarters in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. Its main purpose is to represent and protect the interests of its [...]
FTLOP asks the Port Trade, "Is it better to buy LBVs (Late Botled Vintage Ports) from declared or non-declared years?"
Roy Hersh outlines three good reasons for enjoying Reserve Ruby Port, regardless of your level of wine knowledge or discretionary income.
Roy’s Note: We are grateful to be able to include the written work of Fernando Correia who joined our staff a year ago and has done a marvelous job in providing compelling content for our blog. In the middle of August, Fernando’s wife Sandra gave birth to their first child, a son, Eduardo and we [...]
Article and photos by John Musnuff © August 2016 So you find yourself enjoying Port — maybe with a few friends, but feel uneducated. A Port Tasting Club can do a lot to acquaint you and it is not hard to form a tasting group in your area with some thought, planning and determination. [...]