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  • Article Tasting articles

    Port 2017 – compelling and powerful

    We're publishing this collection of tasting notes on this first tranche of the just-declared 2017 vintage ports as soon as has been possible but will…

    4 Jun 2019 Julia Harding MW
  • Article Tasting articles

    Tawny port – the ideal age?

    10, 20, 30, 40 or more years in cask? Tim suggests which is the optimum age for wood-matured port. Last year, Julia provided an in-depth review of…

    28 May 2019 Tim Jackson MW
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    Our spring 2019 collection – strong and sweet wines

    An assortment of enthusiasm for wines that are far too widely under-appreciated. For more tasting notes in our spring 2019 collections, see the…

    1 May 2019 Team JR
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    Ferreira – back to Dona Antónia's time

    To celebrate last week's series of declarations of 2017 vintage port (we'll publish tasting notes on as many as possible at the end of next month…

    15 Apr 2019 Jancis Robinson
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    Cálem – explaining port brilliantly

    A sound recommendation for any visitor to Oporto. See also today's account of Ferreira's vintage ports back to 1847. Porto, Oporto in English, is a…

    15 Apr 2019 Tim Jackson MW
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    Port – on the up

    Are port's fortunes on the turn? This article has been syndicated. Many, many years ago, in the early 1990s, I was invited to give the after-dinner…

    28 Jan 2019 Jancis Robinson
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    Midwinter tourism in the Douro

    Northern Portugal really is a year-round tourist destination. A trip that begins in Bordeaux and ends in Oporto, such as ours over Christmas and New…

    5 Jan 2019 Nick Lander
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    Two men we will miss

    A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Two of the wine world’s most important luminaries have just retired, despite seeming…

    22 Dec 2018 Jancis Robinson
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    Festive sweet and strong wines

    Sweet and fortified wines for drinking over the festive season, a follow-up to dry whites and reds. A version of this article is published by the…

    8 Dec 2018 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Tasting articles

    Paul Symington's retirement tasting

    A tasting of mature ports that was glorious but tinged with sadness. See also Two men we will miss. In early November Paul (left) and Charles…

    3 Dec 2018 Jancis Robinson
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    Niepoort, Lalique and Acker HK

    A most unusual trio of names unravelled. See update at the bottom for the record price fetched at auction.I’ve met Dirk Niepoort, the iconoclastic…

    1 Nov 2018 Jancis Robinson
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    Douro 2018 – a success in the end

    A plea for a change in how the Douro Valley works from Paul Symington, on the verge of retirement from his family's famous wine business, which…

    23 Oct 2018 Guest contributor
  • Article Tasting articles

    Colheitas – undiscovered treasure

    This is the final part of our review of the Big Fortified Tasting (BFT) in London earlier this year. For earlier articles, see my Strong, sweet but…

    3 Aug 2018 Julia Harding MW
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    Port – the perfect nightcap

    A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times, in an issue of the magazine whose theme this week is sleep. Wine and sleep –…

    26 May 2018 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Wines of the week

    Sandeman, LBV 2013 port

    2013 from £14.95  Older vintages from CA$17.35, €13.90, £12.99, 23.20 Swiss francs, $24.81, 169 Danish krone, NZ$43.99, 2,065 roubles, HK$278,…

    25 May 2018 Richard Hemming MW