Never has necessity given birth to more arresting offspring than in Portugal’s Douro Valley, where production of fortified wines is capped by government regulators to ensure that the supply of port does not exceed global demand. The portion of each harvest that does not make the cut for Portugal’s best-known bottlings is diverted into table […]
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The Yeatman hotel in Oporto, Portugal, is cracking open its 25,000-bottle wine cellar for two days—Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1—for guests to taste more than 100 of the country’s best wines. Many of the property’s wine brands and winemakers will be on hand to take guests through tastings of the Alves de […]
The Amorim family’s fortune had its beginnings among the rambling port lodges that line the hillsides above the Douro River in Porto, but the family did not amass its wealth by making Portugal’s famous fortified wine; rather, its members were engaged in the less glamorous business of manufacturing cork stoppers. Their success, however, later enabled […]
Life moves slowly along Portugal’s Douro River, but after more than 190 years, it’s time for a change at Symington Family Estates, which is owned and operated by the fifth-generation descendants of the founders. Specifically, it is the Symington’s flagship Graham’s brand and its 20-, 30-, and 40-year-old Tawny ports ($60, $130, and $190, respectively) […]
The traditional winemaking methods of Portugal’s Douro Valley and those of Pauillac inBordeaux, like the two region’s climates, could not differ more. Yet, in 1999, the Symington family, producers of several leading Ports, partnered with Bruno Prats, the former owner of Château Cos d’Estournel, to make table wine from the Douro’s finest vineyards using Bordelaise techniques. […]
António José da Silva bought this estate in 1894 and painstakingly replanted the vineyards—an effort that paid off handsomely with the 1931 vintage, which many consider to be the century’s finest port. This spectacular wine is saturated with essences of bitter chocolate, fresh black pepper, licorice, and blackberry liqueur.
Family owned since 1822, Fonseca continues to be admired by collectors as one of the finest port houses. Head winemaker David Guimaraens, the great-great-great-grandson of founder Manoel Pedro Guimaraens, upholds his family’s tradition of excellence with this vintage port, which brims with aromas of blackberry jam, white pepper, and licorice.
Tasting notes: This inaugural blend of traditional Douro grapes (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela) conjures a bosky bouquet of brambleberries, sweet smoke, and dried flowers and herbs. Black plum dominates the palate, which resolves in a prolonged vanilla-bean essence. Worth knowing: In many ways, Quinta do Vesuvio is the seat […]
Tasting notes: A blend primarily of tinta roriz, touriga franca, and tinta amarela varietals, this wine is unctuous, black-red, and redolent of rose hips, grape lozenges, and sarsparilla. The palate melds sultry flavors of sweet mesquite smoke, black plum, chocolate, and coriander into a generous finish. Worth knowing: Although Quinta do Vallado was founded by […]