Late 2019 portfest

Autumn terraces at Quinta do Noval in the Douro valley

A collection of tasting notes, including some of the best-value ports currently available in the UK.

A tasting of the more keenly priced offers of The Fladgate Partnership (Taylor's et al), the Symington family and Quinta do Noval was revealing. It seemed to me that the single-quinta vintage-dated wines are great buys, even if not all of those currently on the market are ready to drink, and all of them will reward keeping.

However, there is a big problem with these single-quinta, vintage-dated ports if our experience of trying to extract the corks  is anything to go by. Of the four bottles initially...