When Cockburn was great
A couple of weeks ago, a small group of us had the best excuse ever to take ourselves out to Oporto in northern Portugal: we had been invited by the Symington family, new owners of Cockburn, to help them raid the cellar of ancient vintages of Cockburn port that they'd inherited. This was a particularly useful exercise since the Syms are determined to restore the reputation of Cockburn to something approaching its former glory when Cockburn vintage port automatically sold at a premium. This was certainly true in the first half of the twentieth century and persisted at least until the early 1960s to judge from a Saccone &...
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